Archive for March, 2018

Ecosystem Workgroup to Hold Webinar Tuesday, May 22

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, starting at 9:30 a.m. and lasting approximately three hours.

Purpose of the Webinar

Two primary topics will be discussed by the EWG during this webinar. First, the EWG will discuss and finalize comments on the Pacific Council’s draft 2018 Research and Data Needs document. This report communicates the Pacific Council’s research and data needs through 2023, fulfilling the Council’s responsibilities under section 302(h)(7) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The Pacific Council will review the draft document and consider comments from its advisory bodies and the public at its June 8-13, 2018 meeting. Second, the EWG will discuss the Fishery Ecosystem Plan Climate and Communities Initiative. The EWG may also review and discuss items on the June 7-13, 2018, Council meeting agenda and other ecosystem-related topics on future Council meeting agendas.

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: 393-004-851
  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 (not a toll-free number)
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 654-274-790
  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 503-820-2411 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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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to meet April 25-27 in Long Beach, CA (agenda now available)

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting, which is open to the public, Wednesday, April 25, to Friday, April 27, 2018, and will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until business is concluded on each day.

The purpose of the HMSMT meeting is to prepare an analysis of the range of alternatives for authorizing a fishery using deep-set buoy gear adopted by the Pacific Council in September 2017 and March 2018.  The HMSMT will provide an update on the analysis at the Pacific Council’s June 2018 meeting.  The HMSMT may also discuss updates to the HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document and HMS-related matters scheduled on future Council agendas including reporting relative to bycatch performance metrics for the large mesh drift gillnet (DGN) fishery, exempted fishing permit applications, observer coverage in the DGN fishery, and citizenship requirements for the general HMS permit.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location

Room 3400, Third Floor
Glenn M. Anderson Federal Building
501 W. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
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 meeting location information, please contact Mr. Lyle Enriquez at 562-980-4025.

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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Quick Link to April 5-11, 2018 Council Meeting information

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Quick Link to April 5-11, 2018 Council Meeting information:

April 5-11, 2018 Council Meeting

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April 5-11, 2018 Council Meeting Fast Facts

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

The April 5-11, 2018 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 April 5-11, 2018 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:

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Updated — National Marine Fisheries Service Listening Sessions: Pacific Bluefin Tuna Management Strategy Evaluation

Monday, March 26th, 2018

This meeting information updated 04/03/2018

On April 18, 2018 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is holding a listening session to provide information and receive stakeholder input regarding management strategy evaluation (MSE) activities being conducted by International Scientific Committee on Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC). This MSE listening session will provide a general introduction to the MSE  process, an overview of the ISC-sponsored North Pacific albacore MSE, and review the agenda for the upcoming ISC-sponsored Pacific bluefin tuna MSE workshop. For the information, including the agenda and registration, on the ISC-sponsored Pacific bluefin tuna MSE workshop, please visit the following website:
http://isc.fra.go.jp/reports/isc_mse_workshop_2018.html.

The meeting will be accessible by webinar—instructions and background materials will be emailed to meeting participants that RSVP. Please notify Celia Barroso at Celia.Barroso@noaa.gov or 562-432-1850 by April 11, 2018, if you plan to attend and whether you will be attending in person or remotely.

The meeting will be held at the following locations (concurrently):

Pacific Conference Room, Room 300
National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 92037

Room 3400
Long Beach Federal Building
501 W Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, California 90802

For further information:

This information posted as a courtesy to NMFS WCR.

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April 2018 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, March 26th, 2018

The Briefing Book for the April 5-11, 2018  Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “April 2018 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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Agenda now available for the March 30, 2018 Groundfish Management Team webinar

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Groundfish Management Team to Hold Webinars February 28 and March 30 https://www.pcouncil.org/?p=51939

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Salmon Preseason Report II, Including Public Hearing Schedule Available on Council’s Website

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Preseason Report II:  Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2018 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations

The document Preseason Report II: Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2018 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations; Regulation Identifier Number 0648-BH22 (Updated March 29, 2018) has been posted to the Council’s website. Please visit the 2018 Preseason Report II webpage to view and download the document.

Public Comment Opportunities on the Proposed Management Alternatives

The Council solicits public comments on the proposed management Alternatives in preparation for adopting final management recommendations at its April meeting. Oral and written comments on the proposed management Alternatives may be presented at the public hearings.   All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations specified below:

Monday, March 26, 2018
Chateau Westport
Franklin Room
710 W Hancock
Westport, WA 98595
360-268-9101
Driving Directions

Monday, March 26, 2018
Red Lion Hotel
South Umpqua Room
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
541-267-4141
Driving Directions

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Laurel Inn & Conference Center
801 West Laurel Dr.
Salinas, CA 93906
831-449-2474
Driving Directions

Additional comment will be accepted during the April 5-11, 2018 Council meeting. Written comments received at the Council office BY 5:00 pm, Friday, March 30, 2018 will be copied and distributed to all Council members.

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

 

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March 2018 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, March 19th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 8-14, 2018 in Rohnert Park, California. The March 2018 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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Press Release: Pacific Fishery Management Council Chooses Options for 2018 Salmon Season

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Rohnert Park, California – The Pacific Fishery Management Council has adopted for public review three alternatives for the 2018 salmon seasons off the West Coast of the United States. The Council will select a final alternative at their next meeting in Portland, Oregon April 6-11. Detailed information about season starting dates, areas open, and catch limits for all three alternatives are available on the Council’s website at www.pcouncil.org.

Fisheries north of Cape Falcon (in northern Oregon) are limited by the need to reduce catch of lower Columbia natural tule Chinook and coho stocks of concern. Additionally, three stocks of coho (Queets River, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Snohomish) currently meet the criteria for overfished status, which is also a concern when structuring 2018 fisheries. The Council also provided guidance to structure ocean fisheries so that the ocean escapement of Columbia River upriver bright fall Chinook is at least 200,000 fish, which will allow more access to that healthy stock in Columbia River treaty Indian and non-Indian fisheries.

Fisheries south of Cape Falcon are limited by the need to reduce catch of Oregon Coast natural coho, Klamath River fall Chinook, Sacramento River fall Chinook, and Rouge/Klamath coho.   Klamath River fall Chinook and Sacramento River fall Chinook contribute significantly to ocean harvest, but both met the criteria for overfished status as a result of poor returns over the past three years.  However, the forecast for Klamath River fall Chinook is substantially improved over last year, and both stocks are projected to meet their spawning escapement objectives under this year’s management alternatives.

“Although some abundance forecasts are improved over last year, the 2018 salmon runs still present a challenge for ocean fishermen and managers throughout the west coast,” said Executive Director Chuck Tracy. “In the north, low returns of some Puget Sound and Washington coastal coho runs and lower Columbia River natural tule fall Chinook will constrain fisheries. In the south, the conservation needs of Sacramento River fall Chinook and Rogue/Klamath coho will constrain fisheries.”

“Once again, the Council adopted a range of management alternatives for public review designed to conserve and rebuild a broad range of Chinook and coho stocks of concern. Commercial and recreational fisheries will face restrictions in areas along the entire west coast in response to the Council’s conservation efforts” said Council Chair Phil Anderson.

Northern Oregon and Washington (north of Cape Falcon)

Sport season alternatives

Ocean sport fishery alternatives north of Cape Falcon in Oregon and off the Washington coast include Chinook recreational quotas ranging from 22,500 to 32,500, a decrease from 2017. For coho, recreational quotas range from 16,800 to 42,000 hatchery coho, compared to 42,000 in 2017.  Starting dates range from June 23 to July 1, and in all alternatives, recreational fisheries are scheduled to run through early September. Both coho and Chinook retention are allowed in all alternatives.

Commercial season alternatives

Non-Indian ocean commercial fishery alternatives north of Cape Falcon include traditional Chinook seasons between May and September. Chinook quotas for all areas and times range from 22,500 to 32,500, compared to 45,000 in 2017. Coho quotas in the commercial fishery alternatives range from 3,200 to 5,600 marked coho, similar to 2017.

Tribal ocean fisheries north of Cape Falcon

Chinook and coho quotas for tribal ocean fishery alternatives range from 30,000 to 50,000 for Chinook salmon, and from 12,500 to 40,000 for coho. Seasons open May 1 and run through September 15.

California and southern Oregon (south of Cape Falcon) 

Sport season alternatives

Chinook fishing in the Tillamook, Newport, and Coos Bay areas all open March 15 and run continuously through October 31.

Oregon ocean recreational alternatives include mark-selective coho fishing seasons starting in late June and running through mid-August or Labor Day Weekend in the area between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mt.  Quotas range from 20,000 to 40,000 marked coho. In addition, non-mark-selective fisheries are proposed for the area between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mt. in September, with quotas of 4,500 to 9,800 coho.

Due to improved forecasts of Klamath River fall Chinook abundance in 2018 compared to 2017, the Klamath Management Zone was reopened in both California and Oregon this year.

Ocean sport fishing is restricted below Horse Mountain, California compared to recent years, due to the stock status of Sacramento River fall Chinook.  Alternatives for 2018 fisheries were structured to allow for spawning escapement in excess of what is required under the Salmon Fishery Management Plan in an effort to begin the rebuilding process for both Klamath River fall Chinook and Sacramento River fall Chinook.

Commercial season alternatives

Commercial season alternatives south of Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. are constrained this year to protect Sacramento and Klamath River fall Chinook. Chinook salmon seasons open May through October with closed periods in May through August.

The commercial alternatives reopen salmon fishing in both the California and Oregon sectors of the Klamath Management Zone this year, although the Oregon portion is closed in Alternative III. Fishing opportunity is provided primarily by a range of monthly Chinook quotas between May and September.

Commercial season alternatives south of the Klamath Management Zone are also restricted this year to protect Sacramento River fall Chinook. All areas are limited to about two to three months of fishing or less.

Management Process

Public hearings to receive input on the alternatives are scheduled for March 26 in Westport, Washington and Coos Bay, Oregon, and for March 27 in Salinas, California. The Council will consult with scientists, hear public comment, revise preliminary decisions, and choose a final alternative at its meeting April 6-11 in Portland, Oregon.

The Council will forward its final season recommendations to National Marine Fisheries Service for its approval and implementation by May 1.

All Council meetings are open to the public.

Council Role

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils established by the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 for the purpose of managing fisheries 3-200 miles offshore of the United States of America coastline. The Pacific Council recommends management measures for fisheries off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington.

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