Archive for October, 2017

Ecosystem Workgroup to Hold Webinar December 18

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public, to discuss the work associated with the Climate Change and Communities Initiative.  The webinar will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, or when business for the day is completed.

Purpose of the Webinar

The purpose of this webinar is for the EWG to discuss work associated with the Climate Change and Communities Initiative, which the Council has decided to embark upon.  Two tasks have been assigned to the EWG as initial steps in this initiative.  First, the EWG is organizing a series of briefings for the Council family on the potential effects of climate change on the California Current Ecosystem including fishing communities.  Second, the EWG will draft a report on major Council decision types that may benefit from information on climate change impacts.  This webinar in an opportunity for the EWG to discuss progress on these tasks and plan their completion.  Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the EWG chair.

Webinar Agenda

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: 781-215-411
  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 1-631-992-3221 (not a toll-free number)
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 562-890-447
  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.

If you have additional questions regarding the EWG webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204, extension 422.

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November 2017 Council Meeting Fast Facts

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

The November 14-20, 2017 Council Meeting “Fast Facts” are available. Fast Facts are answers to FAQs that can help you get oriented for the upcoming meeting (transportation, internet code, hotel map).

If you have additional questions regarding the November 14-20, 2017 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:

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November 2017 Briefing Book Available Online

Friday, October 27th, 2017

The Briefing Book for the November 14-20, 2017 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “November 2017 Briefing Book” webpage. The Briefing Book contains the meeting agenda, “situation summaries” (brief summaries that provide background for each agenda item), reports and materials for each agenda item, and written public comment. Advisory body and committee agendas and memos are also available.

For further information:

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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Fall 2017

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Fall 2017 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. This newsletter reports mainly on decisions made at the September 2017 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

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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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Webinar Tuesday, November 7

Monday, October 16th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar that is open to the public.  The GMT webinar will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 1 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The webinar end time is an estimate, the meeting will adjourn when business for the day is completed.

The primary purpose of the GMT webinar is to prepare for the November 2017 Pacific Council meeting.  A detailed agenda for the 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 November 2017 meeting.

Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link:
    https://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 921-983-403
  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 (415) 930-5321
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code:  974-117-482
  6. Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

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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Meeting notice and agenda available for the November 14-20, 2017 Council meeting

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Meeting notice and agenda available for the November 14-20, 2017 Council meeting

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NMFS publishes proposed “List of Fisheries for 2018”; requests comments by November 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2018, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2018 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan requirements.

Please see the Federal Register notice dated October 12, 2017 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by November 13, 2017.

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Agenda available for the October 24-25, 2017 Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) meeting

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

An agenda is now available for the October 24-25, 2017 Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) meeting.

Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) to Meet October 24 and 25 in Portland, OR

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Sixth National Meeting of the Scientific Coordination Subcommittee of the Council Coordination Committee (SCS6)

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is pleased to announce the Sixth National Meeting of the Scientific Coordination Subcommittee of the Council Coordination Committee (SCS6), to be held at the Kona Kai Resort in San Diego, California, on January 17-19, 2018.

The meeting theme is “The Use of Management Strategy Evaluation to Inform Management Decisions Made by the Regional Fishery Management Councils,” with three subthemes: use of MSEs in evaluating and modifying harvest control rules; use of MSEs in investigating and accommodating uncertainty; and use of MSEs in adjusting harvest control rules in changing environments/non-static maximum sustainable yield.

The meeting will be attended by representatives of the Scientific and Statistical Committees of the eight Regional Fishery Management Councils, staff from the eight Councils, and scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service and other scientists with expertise in conducting management strategy evaluations. A poster session will be held in conjunction with the workshop.

SCS6 Website Information

For more information, registration materials, and poster session details, please see the SCS6 website.

Please pass this invitation along to others who may be interested attending the SCS6 workshop or who may be interested in presenting on the management strategy evaluation (MSE) theme.

Additional information

  • What is the “Council Coordination Committee (CCC)”; What is the SCS?  The CCC consists of the chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors from each regional fishery management council (council), or other staff, as appropriate. The Scientific Coordination Subcommittee (SCS) is a subcommittee established by the CCC. The SCS consists of the Chairs from each of the Regional Council Scientific and Statistical Committees, or their respective proxies. The function of the SCS is to plan and conduct meetings or workshops to discuss scientific issues of national importance based on terms of reference or topics provided by the CCC.  See NOAA’s “Council Coordination Committee” webpage for more information.
  • You may contact Mr. John DeVore, Pacific Council staff if you have questions regarding the SCS meeting.  Mr. DeVore can be reached by email: John.DeVore@noaa.gov; telephone 1-866-806-7204, ext. 413.
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Agenda now available for the October 17 STT and SSC Salmon Subcommittee webinar

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Salmon Technical Team and Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Salmon Subcommittee to Hold Joint Meeting October 17 via Webinar http://www.pcouncil.org/?p=50297

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