Archive for April, 2017

Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Economics and Groundfish Subcommittees to Meet in Seattle, WA

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a meeting of its Economics and Groundfish Subcommittees of the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC).  The meeting is open to the public.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review draft analyses informing the Pacific Council’s five-year review of the U.S. West Coast Trawl Catch Share Program.  The SSC Economics and Groundfish subcommittees will conduct a review of the draft review document.  The Pacific Council and its advisors will receive the report and recommendations of the SSC Economics and Groundfish subcommittees on the five-year review of the U.S. West Coast Trawl Catch Share Program at its June 7-14, 2017 meeting in Spokane, Washington.

Meeting Materials

Meeting Dates

The meeting will be held Wednesday, May 24, 2017 and Thursday, May 25, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time or until business is completed on each day.

Meeting Location

The meeting will be held at the following location:

Watertown Hotel
Wallingford Room
4242 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Telephone: 1-855-850-8614

Driving Directions

Additional Information

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

The 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 503-820-2280, ext. 411, at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

 

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Agenda and materials available for the upcoming SSC Coastal Pelagic Species Subcommittee webinar (Review Pacific Mackerel)

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

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Pacific STATES Marine Fisheries Commission Job Announcement: Data Management Specialist 2 (RecFin)

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSFMC), Recreational Fisheries Information Network (RecFIN) is hiring a full time Data Management Specialist 2 (Natural Sciences) to be located in Portland, Oregon.

See full job announcement and apply only at www.psmfc.org/careers. Reference: Job #17-874, “Data Management Specialist 2 (Natural Sciences)”.  Application deadline is 9:00 PM Pacific Time, the day before the closing date.

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is an Affirmative Action (AA) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.

If you have a disability and need assistance completing the application form, you may call the PSMFC human resources office at (503) 595-3100 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST, Monday-Friday. Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.

This information posted as a courtesy to PSMFC Human Resources Department.

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Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Community Advisory Board to Meet May 30-31

Friday, April 21st, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) will hold a two-day meeting that is open to the public.  The CAB meeting will begin Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 10 a.m. and recess when business for the day is completed.  It will continue at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, adjourning when business for the day is completed.

The primary purpose of the CAB meeting is to review an initial draft of the trawl catch share program review document and to develop for recommendation to the Council a prioritized list of issues that would be pursued following completion of the review process in November 2017 (follow-on actions).  The Council is scheduled to prioritize possible follow-on actions at its June 2017 meeting, with the aim of developing a range of alternatives for each issue by November 2017.

Meeting Location

This meeting will be held at the following location:

Sheraton Portland Airport
St. Helens Room
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-281-2500
Driving Directions

Meeting Agenda

Additional Information

The 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, please contact Mr. Jim Seger at (503) 820-2416; or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 416.

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Salmon Preseason Report III, Council Adopted Management Measures and EA Part 3 for 2017 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations available online

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The following document: Preseason Report III Council Adopted Management Measures and Environmental Assessment Part 3 for 2017 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations; Regulation Identifier Number 0648-BG59, published April 2017, is available on the Council’s Preseason Report III (2017) webpage.

Preseason Report III contains the 2017 ocean salmon fishery management measures adopted by the Council at their April 2017 meeting for submission to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and characterizes their expected impacts on ocean salmon fisheries and the stocks which support them.

For further information regarding the salmon management documents, or the salmon management preseason process, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410 or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 410.

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Reminder! Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear to Be Accepted at Future Council Meetings (Updated Deadline)

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

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Public Comment Deadline for the June 2017 Briefing Book

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Public Comment Deadline – June 2017 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm (Pacific), Thursday, May 11, 2017, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the June meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comment materials received at the Council office after the May 11, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm (Pacific), Wednesday, May 31, 2017 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the June 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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Scientific and Statistical Committee Coastal Pelagic Species Subcommittee Webinar Scheduled to Review Pacific Mackerel

Monday, April 17th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Subcommittee will hold a webinar to review the 2017 Pacific mackerel biomass projection estimate.  The webinar is open to the public, and will be held Monday, May 1, 2017, starting at 1 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, and continue until 5 p.m. or until business is concluded that day.

The biomass estimate will be used by the Council to set annual regulations for two consecutive fishing years: 2017-18 and 2018-19, and must be first endorsed by the Council’s SSC.  The review will follow the Council’s Terms of Reference for Stock Assessment Reviews, and a report of the review meeting will be considered by the SSC and the Council at its June 2017 meeting in Spokane, Washington.

Webinar Materials and Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link: http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 344-427-787
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)
  4. You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number (+1 (562) 247-8422)
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code (235-460-983)
  6. 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 503-820-2411 for technical assistance.

Public Listening Station

A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.  If you wish to attend in person, please notify Kerry Griffin (Kerry.Griffin@noaa.gov; 503-820-2409) in advance.

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

Additional information

This webinar 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.

Public comments during the webinar will be accepted from attendees at the discretion of the chair of the SSC CPS subcommittee.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409; toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 409.

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April 2017 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, April 17th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met April 7-11, 2017 in Sacramento, California. The April 2017 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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Council’s final preferred Alternative for Non-whiting Midwater and Bottom Trawl Fisheries Electronic Monitoring Regulations were selected at the April, 2017 meeting in Sacramento, CA

Monday, April 17th, 2017

The Council’s final preferred Alternative for Non-whiting Midwater and Bottom Trawl Fisheries Electronic Monitoring Regulations were selected at the April, 2017 meeting in Sacramento, CA.  Modifications from the FPA adopted in September 2014 are shown in italics.

  1. Alternative 2 – Provide option to use Electronic Monitoring in lieu of Human Observers
  2. Data:Sub-Option A2: Logbook data is used as the primary data source to debit vessel accounts and EM data is used to audit the validity of the logbook
  3. Level of Video Review:Sub-Option B2. The level of review should initially be 100 percent, but NMFS would have the ability, in consultation with the Council, to modify the percentage based on performance and the amount of review necessary to verify the accuracy of logbook information, and the performance of individual operators.
  4. Discard Accounting: Sub-Option C1: All discards would be debited from IFQ accounts
  5. Retention:Sub-Option D2: Optimized retention – Vessel operators would be able to discard those species that can be differentiated on camera
  6. Halibut: new Sub-Option E8 developed by GEMPAC (Agenda Item F.2a Supplemental GEMPAC report): Use a NMFS-approved discard mortality rate (DMR), developed in consultation with the Council, with the intent of finalizing halibut DMRs under EM by November 2017
  7. Vessel Monitoring Plan Expiration: Sub-Option F1 (No Expiration): Vessel monitoring plans would be effective until revised.
  8. Declaration of EM Use: Sub-Option G1: No limit on switching between EM and observers
  9. Data Transfer Process: Sub-Option H1: A representative of the vessel (vessel operator or crew) would be responsible for delivering the hard drive to the EM service provide (Remove portion of Sept 2014 FPA that included Sub-Option H3)
  10. Discard List Adjustments: Provide for NMFS, in consultation to the Council make adjustments to the Discard List. The Council’s intent is to have a process that does not require rulemaking but provides as opportunity to Council consideration of anticipated adjustments prior to adjusting the discard list.
  11. Video Review Provider: Maintain the current practice of having Pacific States perform video review responsibilities but develop protocols for transferring financial responsibility for the video review from NMFS to the industry to be implemented when NMFS can no longer cover these costs. If in the future, the Council decides to consider incorporating a more expansive 3rd party reviewer provision, this separate rule making would require fully articulated program design alternatives and cost information available to make an informed decision on whether moving to 3rd party providers or staying with a sole provider model best meets the goals and objectives of the program.
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