Archive for July, 2017

Salmon Technical Team and Model Evaluation Workgroup to Hold Webinar August 24

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Salmon Technical Team (STT) and Model Evaluation Workgroup (MEW) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public, to discuss and make recommendations on issues on the Council’s September 2017 agenda.  The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 24, from 10 a.m. until business is completed for the day.

The STT and MEW will discuss items on the Pacific Council’s September 2017 meeting agenda.  Major topics include, but are not limited to, Salmon Methodology Review and the Sacramento River Winter Chinook Harvest Control Rule Update.  The STT and MEW may also address one or more of the Council’s scheduled Administrative Matters.

Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 287-587-251
  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: 1-213-929-4232
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code: 612-742-547
  6. Enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

Public Listening Station

There will also be a public listening station available at the Council office.

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

Technical Information and User Requirements

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 411 for technical assistance.

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the STT and MEW chairs.

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 Ms. Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Reminder: The Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel for blue/deacon rockfish and California scorpionfish will be meeting in Santa Cruz July 24-28, 2017; agenda available

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Reminder: The Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel for blue/deacon rockfish and California scorpionfish will be meeting in Santa Cruz, CA, July 24-28, 2017. A listen-only webinar option is available. Please see the Council’s website for the agenda and further details: http://www.pcouncil.org/?p=46474

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Meeting in La Jolla August 8-10

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting from Tuesday, August 8 to Thursday, August 10, 2017, which is open to the public.  This meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until business is concluded on each day.

The purpose of the HMSMT meeting is to respond to Council guidance from its June 2017 meeting on further development of a range of alternatives for authorizing a fishery using deep-set buoy gear.  The HMSMT will provide an updated range of alternatives at the Council’s September 2017 meeting.  The Council is scheduled to adopt the range of alternatives for public review.  The HMSMT may also discuss other HMS topics on the Council’s September agenda. These topics include final action on Amendment 4 to the HMS Fishery Management Plan, international management issues, review of exempted fishing permit proposals to use deep-set buoy gear, and swordfish management project planning. Although not on the September Council meeting agenda, the HMSMT may also discuss updates to the HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document and HMS-related matters scheduled on future Council agendas.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location

Pacific Room
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
Phone: (858) 546-7000
Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the meeting will be received from attendees at the discretion of the HMSMT chair.

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 days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the meeting, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Hold Webinar August 16; Materials now Available

Friday, July 14th, 2017

The Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) will hold a public meeting, via webinar, on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific Time), or until business for the day has been completed.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and consider a draft Terms of Reference for the 2018 review of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration acoustic-trawl survey methodology for Coastal Pelagic Species stocks. The CPSMT will also discuss future meeting planning.  Other topics may discussed, and public comment may be taken at the discretion of the CPSMT Chair.

Agenda and instructions for providing written comments on the draft terms of reference

The CPSMT webinar is open to the public, with access instructions posted below.  Verbal comment during the webinar may be taken, at the discretion of the CPSMT Chair and if time allows.  Written comment on the draft terms of reference may be emailed to Dale.Sweetnam@noaa.gov and Kerry.Griffin@noaa.gov, no later than 5:00 pm Pacific time August 16, 2017.  There will be an additional opportunity for public review and comment in conjunction with the September 12-18, 2017 Council meeting.

Webinar Materials

  • PROPOSED AGENDA:  Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team Webinar, August 16, 2017
  • DRAFT Terms of Reference:  Acoustic Trawl Methodology Review for use in Coastal Pelagic Species Stock Assessments January 30- February 2, 2018 (version dated 08/06/17)

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link: https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar.
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 430-720-091
  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 (1-914-614-3221)
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code (517-298-471)
  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 503-820-2280, 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.

Public comments during the webinar will be accepted from attendees at the discretion of the chair of the CPSMT.

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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Reminder! Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear to Be Accepted at Future Council Meetings (Next Deadline: August 15, 2017)

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Reminder! Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear to Be Accepted at Future Council Meetings (Next Deadline: August 15, 2017)

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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Webinars August 2 and September 6

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold two webinars that are open to the public.  The GMT webinars will be held Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Webinar end times are estimates, meetings will adjourn when business for each day is completed.

The primary purpose of the GMT webinars is to prepare for the September 2017 Pacific Council meeting.  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.

September 6 Webinar Materials

August 2 Webinar Materials

To Attend the Webinars

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

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link:
    https://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 740-284-043
  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 (914) 614-3221
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  572-823-832
  6. 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

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the GMT 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 503-280-2411 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 Sacramento River Winter Chinook Workgroup and Salmon Advisory Subpanel to Hold Joint Webinar Thursday, August 3

Monday, July 10th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad hoc Sacramento River Winter Chinook Workgroup (SRWCW) and Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS) will hold a joint webinar on Thursday, August 3, 2017, which is open to the public.  The webinar will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until business for the day is completed.

The SRWCW was formed in November 2015 and tasked with exploring and evaluating alternative fishery management frameworks for Sacramento River winter Chinook.  The SRWCW first met in 2016 and identified three areas of focus: 1) develop methods for forecasting abundance, 2) develop a suite of alternative control rules and 3) evaluate the performance of these control rules with regard to conservation benefits and fishery costs using a Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) approach.  Since 2016 the group has addressed these tasks and provided progress reports to the Council as information was available.  At this webinar, the SRWCW will focus the discussion on the results of the MSE.  The SAS will attend to provide input and feedback to the SRWCW.  The SRWCW is tentatively scheduled to present preliminary MSE results to the Council in September 2017, and provide final results in November 2017.  The SRWCW may also discuss materials and reports for the Council’s September 2017 meeting, and any future meeting plans.

Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    https://www.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join-meeting
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 955-668-125
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Please use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (786)-535-3211 (not a toll-free number); then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 955-668-125; then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar). Participants are encouraged to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback.

Public Listening Station

There will also be a public listening station available at the Council office.

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

Technical Information and User Requirements

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 411 for technical assistance.

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the SRWCW and SAS chairs.

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 Ms. Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program; Public Meetings on Implementation (NOAA)

Monday, July 10th, 2017

NMFS will hold public meetings in the U.S. and abroad beginning July 2017. The intent of the meetings is to discuss implementation of the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program. All meetings are free of charge
and open to the public.

West Coast meetings will be held on the following dates and locations:

  • Thursday, July 13, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Hilton Long Beach
    701 West Ocean Boulevard
    Long Beach, CA 90831
    Telephone: (562) 983–3400
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
    Seattle Airport—Southcenter
    16500 Southcenter Parkway
    Seattle, WA 98188
    Telephone: (206) 575–8220

For further information, please contact Celeste Leroux, NOAA, telephone: 202-816-0661; or see NOAA’s IUU fishing webpage.

This information posted as a courtesy to NOAA.

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Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Community Advisory Board to Meet July 27-28 in Portland, Oregon

Monday, July 10th, 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 Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8 a.m. and recess when business for the day is completed.  It will continue at 8 a.m. Friday, July 28, adjourning when business for the day is completed.

The primary purpose of the CAB meeting is to develop preliminary ranges of alternatives for Council consideration at the September 2017 Council meeting.  The issues to be covered were identified by the Council at its June 2017 meeting and include: meeting the at-sea whiting fishery bycatch needs; trawl sablefish area management (gear conflicts); shoreside individual fishing quota (IFQ) accumulation limit; shoreside IFQ choke species management; shoreside IFQ gear switching limitation; and catcher-processor sector accumulation limits on permit ownership and harvesting/processing.  Substantially more time will be spent on some issues than on others.  Ranges of alternatives are to be developed and finalized for analysis over the course of the September and November Council meetings.  Due to workload limitations, it is unlikely that all these issues will move forward in 2017.

Agenda and Meeting Materials

Reference From the September 2016 Briefing Book

Meeting Location

This meeting will be held at the following location:

Sheraton Portland Airport
Garden ABC Room
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-281-2500
Driving Directions

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

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Reminder: The Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel for yelloweye rockfish and yellowtail rockfish will be meeting in Seattle July 10-14, 2017; agenda available

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Reminder: The Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel for yelloweye rockfish and yellowtail rockfish will be meeting in Seattle July 10-14, 2017. A listen-only webinar option is available. Please see the STAR panel announcement for the agenda and further details: http://www.pcouncil.org/?p=46474

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