Archive for January, 2017

Groundfish Stock Assessment and Fishery Evalution (SAFE) document available

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The Status of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE), dated December 16 is now available on the Council’s website. Please visit the Groundfish SAFE document webpage to download the document.

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Agenda available: Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel Webinar, Tuesday, January 31

Monday, January 30th, 2017

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NOAA Fisheries is now accepting applications for the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

NOAA Fisheries is now accepting applications for the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program. Pre-proposals are due February 10th, with full applications due March 31, 2017.

For further information please:

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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Webinars March 1, April 4, May 18, and June 1

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold four webinars that are open to the public.  The GMT webinars will be held Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.; and Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Webinar end times are estimates, meetings will adjourn when business for each day is completed.

The primary purpose of the GMT webinars are to prepare for the 2017 March, April, and June Pacific Council meetings.  A detailed agenda for each webinar will be available on the Pacific 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.

Webinar Agendas and Materials From This Series:

To Attend the Webinars

The following login instructions will work for any of the webinars in this series.

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 349-453-339
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (415) 655-0060 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  229-858-558;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

NOTE: We have disabled Mic/Speakers as on option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate.

Technical Information and 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 GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 411 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 503-280-2411 at least ten 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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Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Committees to Hold Joint Work Session February 22

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee and Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee (GEM Committees) will hold a joint work session, which is open to the public.  The meeting will be held Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) or when business for the day has been completed.

Work Session Purpose

The primary purpose of the work session is to discuss development of an impact analysis for the Council’s adopted alternatives for an electronic monitoring program for bottom trawl and midwater trawl vessels that target groundfish other than whiting in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Limited Entry Trawl Fishery. No management actions will be decided at this work session. The work session will include review and discussion of the Council’s adopted alternatives and other reports.

Work Session Materials

Work Session Location

Radisson Hotel Portland Airport
Concourse Room
6233 NE 78th Ct.
Portland, Oregon, 97218
503-251-2000
Driving Directions

The work session 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 days prior to the meeting date.

For further information, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at (503) 820-2424; or toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Pacific Sardine Stock Assessment Review Panel Meeting February 21-24 in La Jolla

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel Tuesday, February 21 through Friday, February 24, 2017, in La Jolla, California.  The meeting is open to the public.  The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, and will begin at 8 a.m. each subsequent day, and conclude each day at 5 p.m., or when business for the day has been completed. The meeting may adjourn early on Friday, February 24, if business has been completed.

Meeting Materials

The materials for the 2017 Pacific sardine stock assessment review are now available.  Access to the ftp site:

IPSwitch FTP site: http://swfscftp.noaa.gov/thinclient/
Username: star17
Password: 8MxgpkuMmz

Please note, this draft stock assessment is not intended for citation or publication. It has not yet been peer reviewed, and is subject to change based on review by the Stock Assessment Review Panel.

Please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin, Pacific Fishery Management Council staff (email: kerry.griffin@noaa.gov; phone: 503-820-2409 if you have questions regarding the materials or the STAR panel meeting.

Purpose

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review a stock assessment for Pacific sardine.  The last full stock assessment was in 2014, with update assessments completed in 2015 and 2016.  The STAR Panel will consist of three members of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee, and two independent experts.  The Council will use the 2017 assessment to establish annual sardine fishery management measures and harvest specifications for the 2017-18 fishing year.  The Pacific sardine fishing year begins July 1 and ends June 30 of the following year.  Representatives of the Council’s CPS Management Team and the CPS Advisory Subpanel will also attend the meeting.

Location

The meeting will be held at the following location:

Pacific Conference Room
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
Driving Directions

Additional Information

This workshop 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 days prior to the meeting date.

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

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NMFS is seeking nominations to the Permanent Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is seeking nominations to the Permanent Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. The Permanent Advisory Committee, composed of individuals from groups concerned with the fisheries covered by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention (Convention), will be given the opportunity to provide input to the United States Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) regarding the deliberations and decisions of the WCPFC. Each appointed member of the Permanent Advisory Committee will serve for a term of 2 years and is eligible for reappointment. This request for nominations is for the term to begin on August 3, 2017, and is for a term of 2 consecutive years.

Nominations must be received no later than February 24, 2017. For information on how to submit nominations and the nomination process, please see the Federal Register notice dated January 10, 2017.

For information regarding the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, see the WCPFC’s website.

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Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Economics Subcommittee to Hold Webinar Thursday, February 9

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Economics Subcommittee (Economics Subcommittee) will hold a webinar on Thursday, February 9, 2017, which is open to the public.  The webinar will begin at 9 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) and is expected to end at 5 p.m. or when business for the day is complete. The primary purpose of the meeting is to discuss a methodology for examining socioeconomic impacts of the Council’s policies for the modification of essential fish habitat designations and rockfish conservation areas under Amendment 28 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan.  Part of the overall project analysis will focus on the potential socioeconomic impacts of these spatial management changes on harvesters and fishing communities.

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: 480-960-155
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  1. Dial this TOLL number +1 (562) 247-8321 (not a toll-free number)
  2. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 943-128-623
  3. Enter your audio phone PIN (shown after joining the webinar)

NOTE: We have disabled Mic/Speakers as on option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate.

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 Sandra or contact her at 503-752-3732, 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 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date. If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2280 ext. 424; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup to Hold Meeting, February 15-16, 2017 in Seattle

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup will hold a meeting on Wednesday, February 15 through Thursday, February 16, 2017. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. each day and continue each day until business is concluded.  Members of the public can participate: in person; via teleconference; and/or through “Go To Meeting.”  Those details are provided below.

Meeting Location:

Regional Administrator’s Conference Room
Building 1
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Western Regional Center
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115‑6349
Telephone: 206-526-4000
Driving Directions

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting in person must contact Mr. Kevin Duffy (kevin.duffy@noaa.gov, 206-526-4743) at least one week prior to the meeting to arrange entrance to this NOAA facility.

Meeting Agenda

  • Proposed Agenda: Groundfish Endangered Species Act Workgroup meeting February 15-16, 2017

To Participate via Teleconference:

Please note the teleconference line for this meeting includes a different phone and participant pass code for each day.

For Wednesday, February 15:

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Phone Number: 1-888-790-6085
  3. Participant Passcode:  1730793#

For Thursday, February 16:

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Phone Number: 1-888-283-0166
  3. Participant Passcode:  443259#

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the ESW 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 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204 Ext. 422.

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Agenda Available for Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team Work Session January 17-19, 2017

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

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