Archive for December, 2016

Groundfish Assessment Methodology Review Meeting to be Held January 25-26

Friday, December 30th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) is sponsoring a meeting to review methods proposed to be used in groundfish stock assessments.  The meeting is open to the public.

The purpose of the Groundfish Assessment Methodology Review Meeting is to review proposed methods for groundfish stock assessment.  The specific methodologies to be reviewed are: 1) use of the Dirichlet multinomial likelihood for compositional data; 2) application of the Generalized Linear Mixed Model (GLMM) with spatial autocorrelation to survey data; 3) application of the GLMM with spatial autocorrelation to fishery CPUE data; 4) a revised set of priors for natural mortality; 5) a revised prior for steepness; and 6) new features in the revised Stock Synthesis software.  Public comments during the meeting will be received from attendees at the discretion of the chair.  No management actions will be decided by the meeting participants.  The meeting participants’ role will be development of recommendations and a report for consideration by the Pacific Council and the Pacific Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee at its March 2017 meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

The Groundfish Assessment Methodology Review Meeting will commence at 8:30 a.m. PST, Wednesday, January 25, 2017 and continue until 5 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day.  The meeting will reconvene at a different location on Thursday, January 26, 2017 starting at 8:30 a.m. PST and continue as necessary to complete business for the day.

Agenda

  • Proposed Agenda: Groundfish Assessment Methods Review Pacific Fishery Management Council Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Groundfish Subcommittee, January 25-26, 2017

Meeting Locations

The Groundfish Assessment Methodology Review Meeting will be held at the following location on January 25:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Auditorium
2725 Montlake Blvd. E.
Seattle, Washington 98112
Telephone: 206-860-3200
Driving Directions

The Groundfish Assessment Methodology Review Meeting will be held at the following location on January 26:

Seattle Yacht Club (next door to the NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center)
Heritage Room
1807 E Hamlin St.
Seattle, Washington 98112
206-325-1000
Driving Directions

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 Northwest Fisheries Science Center facility.  Foreign national visitors should contact Ms. Stacey Miller at 541-867-0535 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

For Further 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 days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work session, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280, ext. 413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Public Comment Deadline for the March 2017 Briefing Book

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Public Comment Deadline – March 2017 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, February 7, 2017, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the March meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comment materials received at the Council office after the February 7, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the March meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

How to Submit Comments

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.  If your comments contain a PowerPoint presentation or video, please review the Council’s Protocol for Submitting Electronic Slide Presentation and Video Materials at the Meeting.

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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Winter 2016-17

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Notice of Availability

The Winter 2016-17 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. The Winter 2016-17 edition of Pacific Council News reports mainly on decisions made at the November 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Garden Grove, California. You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding Pacific Council News, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

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Public Hearings on Salmon Management Alternatives to be Held for 2017

Monday, December 19th, 2016

March 27-28, 2017:  Public hearings will be held to receive comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management alternatives adopted by the Council.  All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations specified below:

Monday, March 27, 2017
Chateau Westport
Beach Room
710 W Hancock
Westport, WA 98595
360-268-9101
Driving Directions

Monday, March 27, 2017
Red Lion Hotel
South Umpqua Room
1313 N Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
541-267-4141
Driving Directions

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
City of Fort Bragg
Town Hall
363 S. Main St.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
707-961-2823
Driving Directions

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 503-820-2411 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work sessions, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Salmon Technical Team to Hold Work Sessions for 2017

Monday, December 19th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) will hold two work sessions.

January 17-20, 2017:  The STT will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Review of 2016 Ocean Salmon Fisheries, Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation Document for the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2017 ocean salmon fisheries.

February 21-24, 2017:  The STT will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Preseason Report I-Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2017 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2017 ocean salmon fisheries.

The two work sessions will be held at the following location:

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

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 503-820-2411 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work sessions, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Groundfish Management Team to Hold a Work Session January 9-13

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a week-long work session that is open to the public.   The GMT meeting will be held Monday, January 9, 2017 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed.  The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, January 10 through Friday, January 13 from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed.

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the GMT working meeting is to prepare for the 2017 Council meetings, including the development of harvest specifications and management measures for 2019-2020.  Specific agenda topics include revisions to the nearshore and non-nearshore projection models; review of the sablefish and lingcod discard mortality rates; and review of the latest West Coast Groundfish Observer Program data.  A detailed agenda will be available on the Council’s website prior to the meeting.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT.  The GMT’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its meetings in 2017.

Agenda (Revised 01/11/17)

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Pacific Council Office
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

For further 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 days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work session, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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NMFS to Hold Meeting/Webinar re: Mitchell Act Funding

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

On Thursday, December 15, 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
St. Helens Room
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/574481437
Meeting ID: 574-481-437
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 space is limited, and 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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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team Work Session January 17-19, 2017

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a work session of the Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT), January 17-19, 2017, in La Jolla, California.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17, and at 8 a.m. each following days of Wednesday, January 18 and Thursday, January 19th.  The meeting will adjourn each day at 5 p.m., or when business for the day has been completed.

Although this is a work session for the CPSMT, it is open to the public. There may be opportunity for public comment, at the discretion of the CPSMT Chair.

Work Session Agenda

Work Session Purpose

There are several purposes of the work session, including:

  • Review draft final analysis and fishery management plan language for small-scale fisheries, in preparation for Council final action in April 2017;
  • Exploration of potential changes to CPS management categories;
  • Consider potential for periodic review of monitored stock harvest specifications and management measures, including identification of data streams, sampling, and survey priorities that could potentially inform adjustments to harvest specifications for monitored stocks;
  • Furthering our understanding ecosystem information and concerns, as they relate to CPS management, forage needs, and other ecosystem needs; and
  • Workload planning for 2017 and 2018.

Meeting Location

The meetings will be held at the following location:

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Pacific Conference Room
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Telephone: 858-546-7000
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. Dale Sweetnam at 858-546-7170 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the meetings, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409; or toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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