Archive for November, 2016

Area 2A Pacific Halibut Managers to Conduct a Webinar December 14, 2016

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will host a webinar meeting of the Area 2A Pacific halibut governmental management entities, which will be open to the public, on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pacific time, or until business for the day is completed.  The primary purpose of the Area 2A Pacific halibut manager’s meeting is to prepare and develop recommendations for the January 23-27, 2017 International Pacific Halibut Commission’s (IPHC) annual meeting in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  Recommendations generated from the meeting will be communicated to the IPHC by the Pacific Council’s representative, Mr. Phil Anderson.  Attendees may also address other assignments relating to Pacific halibut management.  No management actions will be decided by the attendees.  The meeting will be open to the public, and the agenda, which will be available one week before the meeting, will provide for a public comment period.

Webinar Materials

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 811-687-419
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (914) 614-3221 (not a toll-free number); then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 867-903-330; then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Technical Information

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, Vista, or XP
  • Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
  • Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet (See the GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2425 for technical assistance.

Public Listening Station

A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Additional information

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-280-2425 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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November 2016 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 16-21, 2016 in Garden Grove, California. The November 2016 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document contains the highlights of significant decisions made at that meeting. Results of agenda items that do not reach a level of highlight significance are typically not described in the Decision Summary Document.

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NMFS extends public comment period for Protected Species Hard Caps for the California/Oregon Large-Mesh Drift Gillnet Fishery

Monday, November 28th, 2016

On October 13, 2016, NMFS published a proposed rule to establish protected species hard caps for the California/Oregon large-mesh drift gillnet fishery, with comments due by November 28, 2016. However, in response to a request to extend the public comment period, NMFS has decided to extend the public comment period by an additional 30 calendar days, see the Federal Register notice published November 23, 2016 .

The deadline for receipt of comments on the proposed rule published on October 13, 2016 (81 FR 70660) has been extended to December 28, 2016. NMFS must receive written comments and information on or before December 28, 2016.

 

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POSTPONED: NMFS to Hold Meeting/Webinar re: Mitchell Act Funding

Monday, November 28th, 2016

National Marine Fisheries Service has POSTPONED this meeting.  Please contact Mr. Jeromy Jording, West Coast Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, Phone:  360-753-9576; or email: Jeromy.Jording@noaa.gov  if you have questions regarding the postponement or the meeting.

On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, National Marine Fisheries Service will be holding a meeting/webinar to discuss their proposed action for Mitchell Act funding going into the future.

Meeting Location

National Marine Fisheries Service
1201 Northeast Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100
Portland, OR 97232
503-230-5400
Driving Directions

Webinar Option

NMFS has also secured a secured a GoTo webinar for persons that may wish to attend remotely to avoid travel:

Please join my GoToMeeting:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/270991869
Meeting ID: 270-991-869
Conference Line: 1-866-600-1619
Participant Passcode: 3844691#

Additional Information

If you plan on attending on in person, please contact Mr. Jeromy Jording in advance, as attendees will need to check into the 11th floor upon arrival to the NMFS office.

If you have further questions regarding the meeting, webinar, or facilities, please contact:

Mr. Jeromy Jording
Anadromous Harvest Management
Sustainable Fisheries Division
West Coast Region, NOAA’s NMFS
Office: 360-753-9576
Jeromy.Jording@noaa.gov

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November 2016 PFMC Meeting Audio Files Available

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

For your listening enjoyment, we have made available the MP3 files from our November 2016 PFMC Meeting on our website, please see the November 2016 Council Meeting archive.

Call or email Sandra at the Council office if you have questions or need assistance; 503-820-2419; Sandra.Krause@noaa.gov.

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November 2016 Council Meeting

Monday, November 21st, 2016

November 13-21, 2016 Council Meeting

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies met November 13-21, 2016 at the following location:

Meeting Location

Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Phone: 714-750-1234

Meeting Documents and Recordings

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PRELIMINARY DRAFT NOVEMBER 2016 DRAFT MOTIONS IN WRITING

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Cautionary Note — These preliminary motions do not represent the final official administrative record. The motions and amendments contained in this blog are as projected on the screen at the Council meeting at the time of the Council vote and often use expedited language and references without the benefit of any final editing or proofing. They may use short-hand language or abbreviations that may not be clear without the context of verbal comments and clarifications made during their development at the meeting, or may contain inadvertent transposition errors. They have not been approved by the Council to represent the final official record of Council action. The final official record will be posted on the Council website after the Council approves the full meeting record at a future Council meeting.

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New Tool Available to See Proposed Essential Fish Habitat, Trawl Rockfish Conservation Area Modifications

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

An interactive website now makes it possible to view potential changes to essential fish habitat (EFH) for Pacific Coast groundfish. Changes to EFH and the trawl rockfish conservation area are being considered at the November 2016 Council meeting.  This GIS-based tool provides details on individual essential fishing habitat conservation areas that may be modified, closed or reopened as a result of Council action (the Council is choosing a preliminary preferred alternative in November, with final action in 2017.)   We recommend first viewing this five-minute tutorial.

Users can also see other layers such as the trawl rockfish conservation areas, Tribal Usual and Accustomed Areas, and other regulatory/spatial boundaries. More information on the alternatives are available on the Council website.

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Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) to Hold Webinar

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public, to discuss 1) preparation of the Annual State of the California Current Ecosystem Report, and 2) future ecosystem initiatives under the Council’s Fishery Ecosystem Plan.  The webinar will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is completed.

Purpose of the Webinar

Each March, the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Northwest and Southwest Fisheries Science Centers deliver a State of the California Current Ecosystem Report to the Council.  The Report assesses current status through a series of indicators covering physical, biological, and socioeconomic components of the ecosystem.  The Council has provided advice to the Science Centers on how to make the report more relevant to Council decision-making, including comments on the suite of indicators it uses.  The webinar will provide an opportunity for the EWG to discuss preparation of the current Report with Science Center representatives and the contents of future reports.

At its March 2017 meeting, the Council will also consider taking up a new ecosystem-based fishery management initiative.  Appendix A to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan contains a list of these initiatives, which are intended to address ecosystem gaps in ecosystem knowledge and Fishery Management Plan policies, particularly with respect to the cumulative effects of fisheries management on marine ecosystems and fishing communities.  The Fishery Ecosystem Plan establishes a schedule by which each March the Council reviews progress to date on any ecosystem initiatives the Council already has underway and determines whether to take up a new initiative. In odd-numbered years, the Council may also consider identifying new initiatives that are not already in Appendix A.  The EWG will discuss current and potential new initiatives in preparation for the March 2017 Council meeting.

Webinar Agenda and Materials

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 895-501-419
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (914) 614-3221 (not a toll-free number); then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 462-275-391; then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

Technical Information

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, Vista, or XP
  • Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
  • Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet (See the GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 425 for technical assistance.

Public Listening Station

A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the EWG chair.

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-280-2425 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the EWG webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204, extension 422.

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Productivity Workshop to be Held December 6-8, 2016 in Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

December 6-8, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) is sponsoring a workshop to review methods used to model productivity in groundfish and coastal pelagic species stock assessments.  The workshop is open to the public.

The Productivity Workshop will be held beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, December 6, 2016.  The meeting will continue on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 through Thursday, December 8, 2016 beginning at 9 a.m. each day.  The meetings will end at 5 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Agenda

Meeting Materials

Abstracts

Background

Presentations

If you have questions about the workshop materials, please contact Mr. John DeVore, John.DeVore@noaa.gov; 503-820-2280.

Webinar Option

The Workshop Will Be Broadcast via Webinar, please join the meeting by:

You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this toll free number 1-877-953-3912; then enter the attendee passcode 2523402. Audio portion is a third party conference line, courtesy of AFSC.

Purpose

The purpose of the Productivity Workshop is to review proposed methods for modeling productivity in stock assessments for groundfish and coastal pelagic species.  No management actions will be decided by the workshop participants.  The workshop participants’ role will be development of recommendations and a report for consideration by the Pacific Council and the Pacific Council’s advisory bodies at its November 2016 meeting in Garden Grove, California and its March 2017 meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

Meeting Location

The Productivity Workshop will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Western Regional Center’s Sand Point Facility
Building 4, Traynor Room 2076
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115‑6349
Telephone: 206-526-4000
Driving Directions

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service Western Regional Center’s Sand Point facility should bring one of the following forms of identification:

  • Enhanced Driver’s License from the states of Washington, Minnesota, or New York
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Passport Card
  • U.S. Department of Defense CAC
  • U.S. Federal agency HSPD-12 compliant ID cards
  • U.S. Veterans ID
  • U.S. Military Dependent’s ID Card
  • U.S. Trusted Traveler Card – Global Entry, SENTRI, or NEXUS
  • U.S. Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • State-issued Real ID Compliant Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards.

Visitors who are foreign nationals (defined as a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States) will require additional security clearance to access the Western Regional Center’s Sand Point facility. Foreign national visitors should contact Dr. Martin Dorn at 206-526-6548 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

Additional Information

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2425 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the workshop, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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