Archive for September, 2017

Notice for Exempted Fishing Permit Proposals and Methodology Review Proposals

Friday, September 29th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) announces the opportunity to submit exempted fishing permit (EFP) proposals and methodology review proposals, to support U.S. West Coast fisheries science and research in 2018. Proposals for both EFPs and methodology reviews should be submitted by the November Council meeting public comment deadline of 5 p.m. Pacific time on October 19, 2017.

EFP proposals must follow the process described in Council Operating Procedure 23, which requires a description of the EFP research activities, the general timing, the amount of fish being requested, general survey/method protocols, and the purpose of the EFP research. Please read Council Operating Procedure 23 for more details.

For methodology review proposals, proponents must follow the procedures described on page 5 of the Council’s Terms of Reference for Methodology Reviews, which requires the title, the name of proposers (including the researchers who will participate at the methodology review and will be expected to conduct analyses during that review), how the proposed methodology will improve assessment and management for the stock(s) in question, and an outline of methods (field and analytical).

Proposals will be considered at the November 14-20, 2017 Council meeting, and proponents may be asked to submit a more detailed proposal for final approval at the March 2018 Council meeting.  To submit proposals, email to pfmc.comments@noaa.gov.  For questions or more information, contact Mr. Kerry Griffin (telephone:  503-820-2409; email: Kerry.Griffin@noaa.gov).

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Agenda available for the October 2-5, 2017 Groundfish Management Team work session

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

We just posted an agenda for next week’s GMT Work Session (October 2-5, 2017); see our website for the full details; http://www.pcouncil.org/?p=50071

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Request for nominations: Groundfish Advisory Subpanel Trawl At-Large seat

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill the vacant Trawl At-Large seat on its Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP) for remainder of the 2016-2018 advisory body term.

The GAP is charged with advising the Council on issues associated with its Groundfish Fishery Management Plan.   The current vacancy is for a Trawl At-Large position, and the Council is seeking nominees with knowledge and expertise regarding ocean groundfish fishery issues on the Pacific Coast, especially with regard to West Coast groundfish trawl fisheries.

To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, October 19, 2017.

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Public Comment Deadline for the November 2017 Briefing Book

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

November 2017 Advance Briefing Book Public Comment Deadline

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

  • Public comment materials received at the Council office after the October 19, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm (Pacific Time), Monday, November 6, 2017 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the November meeting.
  • You may email your comments to:  pfmc.comments@noaa.gov or send to the Council office.
  • If your comments contain a PowerPoint or Video presentation, see “How to Submit PowerPoint Presentations or Videos below.

Public Comment Guidelines “After the 5 pm, November 6, 2017” Deadline

  • Comments received after the 5 pm, November 6, 2017 date specified above will not be photocopied and distributed by the Council staff.
  • For late comments received after the 5 pm, November 6, 2017 date specified above, individuals need to hand deliver their comments to the Council Secretariat (Bristol Room 3) at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, no later than 5 p.m. the day before the corresponding agenda item is scheduled on the Council’s agenda. These submissions should include the submitter’s name, the Council agenda item number, and the Council meeting date.
  • Comments will be accepted in electronic form and hard copy.

The public should be aware that the Council does not have time to thoroughly review extensive written comments submitted at the meeting. The Council’s advisory bodies may not have a chance to review such comment.   The Council will not pay for comments transmitted to the meeting hotel.   Comments submitted that are not in support of oral testimony will be included in the briefing materials for the next Council meeting.

How to Submit PowerPoint Presentations or Videos

If your comments contain a PowerPoint presentation or video, such PowerPoints and videos need to be turned in no later than 5 pm the day before the corresponding agenda item is scheduled on the Council’s agenda.  PowerPoints must be sent to:  Kris.Kleinschmidt@noaa.gov.  Please review the Council’s Protocol for Submitting Electronic Slide Presentation and Video Materials at the Meeting if you have additional questions.

For additional information

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

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Salmon Technical Team and Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Salmon Subcommittee to Hold Joint Meeting October 17 via Webinar

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) and Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Salmon Subcommittee (Subcommittee) will hold a joint meeting via webinar on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, which is open to the public.  The webinar will begin at 10 a.m. and will continue until business for the day is completed.

The purpose of the methodology review meeting is to discuss and review proposed changes to analytical methods used in salmon management.  Results and recommendations from this methodology review meeting will be presented at the November 14-20, 2017 Council meeting in Costa Mesa, California where the Council is scheduled to take final action on the proposals.  The following topic was adopted by the Council at their September 11-18, 2017 meeting in Boise, Idaho for consideration at the methodology review meeting:  Oregon Coastal Natural coho.

If time and interest allows, the STT and Subcommittee may also discuss additional topics, including but not limited to future Council agenda items.

Agenda

  • Proposed Agenda: SSC Salmon SubCommittee and Salmon Technical Team October 17, 2017 webinar

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 900-513-115
  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: 1-562-247-8321
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code: 396-645-679
  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 committee 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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Notice of Availability: Section 4.0, Section 5.0 and communities appendix for the public review draft of the groundfish trawl catch share program five-year review

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has released sections on research and data needs (Section 4.0), recommendations (Section 5.0), and a new appendix the summarizes information by community (Appendix J).  The public is invited to provide comments on these sections along with the other sections which were released on August 21.

DRAFT DOCUMENT FOR PUBLIC REVIEW

HOW TO COMMENT

Comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, October 19, 2017.   Please submit comments to:

E-Mail: pfmc.comments@noaa.gov

You may also send your comments to:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon 97220-1384

For more information on the catch share review, please see the five-year review webpage.  If you have questions, contact the staff officer for trawl catch shares: Dr. Jim Seger (Jim.Seger@noaa.gov) phone: (503) 820-2280 ext. 416 or toll free (866) 806-7204, ext. 416.

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September 2017 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 13-18, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. The September 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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Control Date Announced for Gear Switching in the Groundfish Trawl Fishery

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The Council may be considering a modification to its policy that allows vessels with trawl permits to gear switch and use gears other than trawl to catch their trawl quota.  In relation to a possible limitation on gear switching, the Council adopted September 15, 2017 as a control date. Such a control date provides public notice that if the Council adopts restrictions on gear switching it may or may not provide credit for activity after that date in establishing that limitation. A Federal Register notice will be published with a full explanation of the control date.

The Council has a listing of control dates on our “Control Dates” webpage.

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November 2017 Council Meeting

Monday, September 18th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies met November 14-20, 2017 in Costa Mesa, California, to address issues related to groundfish, coastal pelagic species (CPS), highly migratory species (HMS), salmon, and Pacific halibut.

Meeting Location

Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
3050 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714-540-7000

Meeting Documents and Recordings

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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Meet October 3-5 in La Jolla, CA

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT), October 3-5, 2017, in La Jolla, California.

The CPSMT meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 3 and 8:30 a.m. each other day.  The meeting will adjourn each day at 5 p.m., or when business for the day has been completed.

Meeting Purpose

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss several items relevant to coastal pelagic species (CPS) management.  These include CPS Fishery Management Plan housekeeping updates, anchovy abundance and reference points, completion of the CPS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document, future meeting planning, and administrative items.  Public comment may be taken at the discretion of the CPSMT Chair.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location

The meetings will be held at the following location:

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Krill 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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