Archive for April, 2019

Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup to Hold Meeting May 23-24, 2019

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) Workgroup (Workgroup) will hold a two-day meeting that is open to the public.  The meeting will begin Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time and recess at 5:00 p.m.  It will continue at 9 a.m. Friday, May 24, and will adjourn at 2 p.m. or when business for the day is completed. This is a public meeting and not a public hearing.  Public comments will be taken at the discretion of the Workgroup chair as time allows.  The Workgroup will be focused solely on Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries.

Meeting Agenda

Purpose of the Meeting

At the March 2019 Pacific Council meeting, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced plans to reinitiate Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation on the effect of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on SRKW.  NMFS and the Pacific Council agreed on a collaborative approach and began establishing work plans and a tentative schedule.  At the April 2019 meeting, the Pacific Council formed the Workgroup to reassess the effects of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on the Chinook salmon prey base of SRKW.  A draft Terms of Reference was reviewed by the Pacific Council which describes the purpose of the Workgroup, a proposed timeline to accomplish this task, and a list of participants.  Supporting documents can be found in the Pacific Council’s April 2019 Briefing Book (Agenda Item F.3.a, Supplemental NMFS Report 1, April 2019 and Agenda Item D.6.a, Supplemental NMFS Report 1, April 2019).

The primary purpose of this first work session is to review the purpose of the Workgroup, discuss the current status of SRKW, exchange ideas regarding risk assessment methods and criteria for evaluating Pacific Council salmon fisheries, and to develop a work plan for the first draft of a risk assessment report.  The Workgroup may also discuss and consider other items of interest on the Pacific Council’s June 2019 meeting agenda. Although non-emergency issues not contained in the Workgroup meeting agenda may come before the Workgroup for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting.  The Workgroup will provide a summary of this meeting to the Pacific Council, its advisory bodies, and the public at the June 2019 Pacific Council meeting in San Diego, CA.

Meeting Location

This meeting will be held at the following location:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Airport
Oak Meeting Room
7900 NE 82nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-460-3000
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 Ms. Robin Ehlke at (503) 820-2410; or toll-free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 410.

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June 2019 Council Meeting

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

June 19-25, 2019 Council Meeting

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies met June 19-25, 2019 in San Diego, California, at the following location:

DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego – Mission Valley
7450 Hazard Center Drive
San Diego, CA  92108
Phone: 619-297-5466

Meeting Documents

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Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup to Hold Webinar on May 22, 2019

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a meeting via webinar, which is open to the public.  The webinar will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) or when business for the day has been completed.

Webinar Materials

Purpose of the Webinar

The purpose of this webinar is for the EWG to discuss revisions to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) goals and objectives as part of the five-year review. In March 2019 the Council directed the EWG to submit, for the September 2019 advanced briefing book, alternative descriptions of the FEP Vision (including purpose, goals, and objectives), taking into account public and advisory body comments.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/791200357 
  2. Enter the Webinar ID:791-200-357
  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 (872) 240-3311 (not a toll-free number)
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 791-200-357
  6. Enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

Technical Information

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, 8, 10, 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 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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2019 Salmon Preseason Report III available online

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Notice of Availability

The following document: Preseason Report III Council Adopted Management Measures and Environmental Assessment Part 3 for 2019 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations; Regulation Identifier Number 0648-BI05, published April 2019, is available on the Council’s salmon webpage under Preseason Reports.

Preseason Report III describes the Council’s 2019 ocean salmon management measures adopted for submission to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and characterizes the expected impacts on ocean salmon fisheries and the stocks which support them

Preseason Report III also constitutes the third and final part of an Environmental Assessment to comply with National Environmental Policy Act requirements for the 2019 ocean salmon regulations and includes a description and analysis of a Proposed Action

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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Ad Hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee to Meet May 21-22, 2019 in Portland, OR

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s ad hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee (SaMTAAC) will hold a two-day meeting that is open to the public.  The meeting will begin Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 8 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time and recess when business for the day is completed.  It will continue at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, adjourning when business for the day is completed.

At its meeting, the SaMTAAC will continue to develop alternatives that address obstacles to achieving the goals and objectives of the groundfish trawl catch share plan related to under-attainment of non-sablefish shorebased trawl allocations and unharvested sablefish quota pounds south of 36° N. latitude.   The SaMTAAC’s work on alternatives will be presented at the September 2019 Pacific Council meeting.

Meeting Materials

Meeting Location

This meeting will be held at the following location:

Sheraton Portland Airport
Mt. Adams 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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April 2019 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met April 11-16, 2019 in Rohnert Park, California. The April 2019 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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Pacific Mackerel 2019 Stock Assessment Review Panel to Convene in La Jolla, CA April 23-25, 2019

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel to review the 2019 Pacific mackerel stock assessment.  The meeting is open to the public, and will be held Tuesday, April 23, 2019 through Thursday, April 25, 2019.  The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, on April 23 and 8 a.m. on April 24-25, and continue until 5 p.m. each day or when business has been concluded that day.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review the 2019 stock assessment for Pacific mackerel, which will be used to set annual harvest specifications and management measures for two fishing years (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, and July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021). The review panel will consist of three members of the Pacific Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Subcommittee on Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS), and one independent expert. Representatives of the Council’s CPS Management Team and the CPS Advisory Subpanel will also participate in the review as advisers.

Agenda

Location

The meeting will be held at the following location:

Pacific Conference Room
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
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 least ten days prior to the meeting date.

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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Council Adopts 2019 West Coast Salmon Seasons

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Rohnert Park, Ca. – The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted ocean salmon season recommendations yesterday that provide recreational and commercial opportunities for most of the Pacific coast, and achieve conservation goals for the numerous individual salmon stocks on the West Coast. North of Cape Falcon, a large increase in hatchery coho over last year will provide a welcome increase in both recreational and commercial fishing opportunities.

Season recommendations will be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for approval.“Although some salmon stocks are returning in stronger numbers than last year, balancing fishing opportunities with conservation is always a challenge for the Council, its advisors, fishery stakeholders, and the public,” said Council Executive Director Chuck Tracy. “The seasons this year continue to protect stocks of concern, including Puget Sound Chinook, Washington natural coho, and Sacramento River fall Chinook.”

In addition to recommending salmon regulations for 2019, the Council developed a plan to work collaboratively with NMFS on Southern Resident killer whales, which are listed under the Endangered Species Act.

“This year’s package was adopted after careful consideration and analysis in order to meet our conservation objectives, consider impacts on the prey base important to Southern Resident killer whales, and consider in-river and Puget Sound fisheries,” said Council Chair Phil Anderson. “The Council also established a workgroup that will be working closely with National Marine Fisheries Service to assess on a longer term basis the ocean salmon fisheries effect to the prey base of Southern Resident killer whales,” Anderson said.

Washington and Northern Oregon (North of Cape Falcon)

Fisheries north of Cape Falcon (which is just north of Manzanita, Oregon) depend largely on Columbia River Chinook and coho stocks. Overall, Columbia River fall Chinook forecasts are generally considered low to moderate compared to the recent 10-year average. Hatchery coho stocks originating from the Columbia River are expected to return in high numbers, but some natural stocks originating from the Washington coast and Puget Sound are expected to return at low to moderate levels in 2019.

The overall non-Indian total allowable catch north of Cape Falcon is 52,500 Chinook (compared to 55,000 last year) and 190,000 marked hatchery coho (compared to 47,600 last year). Fisheries are designed to provide harvest opportunity on healthy Chinook and coho returns primarily destined for the Columbia River, while avoiding Washington natural Chinook and coho.

Commercial Fisheries

Non-Indian ocean commercial fisheries north of Cape Falcon include traditional Chinook seasons in the spring (May-June) and summer season (July through September). Non-Indian ocean commercial fisheries in this area will have access to a total of 26,250 Chinook (compared to 27,500 Chinook last year), and a marked coho quota of 30,400 (compared to 5,600 coho last year).

Tribal ocean fisheries north of Cape Falcon are similar in structure to past years, with quotas that include 35,000 Chinook and 55,000 coho (compared to 40,000 Chinook and 12,500 coho last year).

Recreational Fisheries

The recreational fishery north of Cape Falcon opens to all salmon on June 22 in all areas, and ends September 30 or when Chinook or coho quotas are reached. In addition, a small area of the La Push subarea will be open October 1-13 with Chinook and coho quotas. Recreational fisheries north of Cape Falcon will have access to a total of 26,250 Chinook (compared to 27,500 Chinook last year), and a marked coho quota of 159,600 (compared to 42,000 coho last year).

California and Oregon South of Cape Falcon, Oregon

South of Cape Falcon, fisheries target Sacramento and Klamath fall Chinook and hatchery coho from Oregon and the Columbia River. California coastal Chinook and Oregon coast natural coho stocks are the primary constraints to fisheries in this area. Most areas are seeing improved opportunity over last year.

Commercial Fisheries

The commercial fishery consists of modest Chinook fishing opportunity in both states. Most areas south of Cape Falcon are seeing improved opportunity over the last two years, and include seasons in the Klamath Management Zone in southern Oregon and northern California.

Commercial fisheries from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will be open on April 20-30, May 6-30, then re-open June 1 and continue through August 29. This area will also be open continuously in September and October with weekly landing limits in place.

Fisheries from Humbug Mtn., Oregon to the Oregon/California border will be open in late April and for much of May. Monthly quotas for June through August will be in place for the both the Oregon and California portions of the Klamath Management Zone. All quotas feature landing and possession limits, and the California portion of this area will be open five days a week, similar to 2018.

Between Horse Mountain and Point Arena (Fort Bragg), the area will be open June 4-30, July 11-31, and August 1-28. From Point Arena to Pigeon Point (San Francisco), the area will be open May 16-31, June 4-30, July 11-31, August 1-28, and September 1-30. From Pigeon Point to the Mexico border (Monterey), the area will be open all of May, June 4-30, and July 11-31. There will also be a season from Point Reyes to Point San Pedro, a subset of the San Francisco area, on October 1-4, 7-11, and 14-15.

Recreational Fisheries

Recreational opportunity is generally improved over last year. Recreational fisheries in Oregon provide opportunities for both Chinook and coho, including both mark-selective and non-mark-selective coho fisheries. California recreational fisheries provide moderate opportunity for Chinook.

Recreational fisheries from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mtn. will allow Chinook retention from now through October. Coho fisheries consist of a mark-selective quota fishery of 90,000 in mid-summer (compared to 35,000 last year) and a non-mark-selective quota fishery of 9,000 in September (compared to 3,500 last year).

Fisheries from Humbug Mtn., Oregon to Horse Mtn., California will be open from May 25 through September 2. The Oregon area also includes a mark-selective coho fishery opportunity in mid-summer.

Fisheries from Horse Mtn. to Pigeon Point (Fort Bragg and San Francisco areas) will be open from April 13 through 30, then re-open May 18 and continue through October. The area from Pigeon Point to the U.S./Mexico border (Monterey area) is open now through August 28.

For details on all seasons, please see the season descriptions on the Council website.

Management Process

The Council developed three management alternatives in early March for public review and further analysis. The review process included input from Federal, state, and tribal fishery scientists and fishing industry members; public testimony, and public hearings in Westport, Wa.; Coos Bay, Or.; and Ukiah, Ca. The Council received additional scientific information and took public testimony at its April meeting in Rohnert Park, Ca., before taking final action. The decision will be forwarded to NMFS for their review and regulatory action.

In addition, the coastal states will independently adopt fishery regulations that are compatible with the Council’s actions.

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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DRAFT Council-Adopted Salmon Management Measures for May 2019-April 30, 2020 Ocean Salmon Fisheries (Tables)

Monday, April 15th, 2019

The following DRAFT salmon management measures tables were adopted by the Council at their April 2019 meeting and will be published in Preseason Report III (tentatively scheduled for April 23). Please keep in mind the tables are DRAFT until implemented as Federal Regulations.

  • TABLE 1. Commercial troll management measures adopted by the Council for non-Indian ocean salmon fisheries, 2019. (DRAFT, 4/15/2019 5:03 PM)
  • TABLE 2. Recreational management measures adopted by the Council for non-Indian ocean salmon fisheries, 2019. (DRAFT: 4/15/19  5:05 pm)
  • TABLE 3. Treaty Indian ocean troll management measures adopted by the Council for ocean salmon fisheries, 2019. (DRAFT: 4/15/19 5:15 PM)
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PRELIMINARY DRAFT APRIL 2019 MOTIONS IN WRITING

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Cautionary Note — These preliminary motions do not represent the final official administrative record. The motions and amendments contained in this blog are as projected on the screen at the Council meeting at the time of the Council vote and often use expedited language and references without the benefit of any final editing or proofing. They may use short-hand language or abbreviations that may not be clear without the context of verbal comments and clarifications made during their development at the meeting, or may contain inadvertent transposition errors. They have not been approved by the Council to represent the final official record of Council action. The final official record will be posted on the Council website after the Council approves the full meeting record at a future Council meeting.

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