Archive for September, 2019

2020 Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and Annual Regulation Proposed Changes, Including the Non-Indian Directed Commercial Fishery

Monday, September 30th, 2019

The Council adopted for public review proposed changes to the 2019 Area 2A Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and annual fishing regulations. These changes are specific to the Washington and Oregon recreational fisheries and are described in the reports provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Agenda Item G.1.a, Supplemental WDFW Report, September, 2019) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (Agenda Item G.1.a, ODFW Report, September, 2019).  No changes were proposed for the California sub-area recreational fisheries.

In addition, the Council adopted for public review two preliminary recommendations for the 2020 Area 2A non-Indian directed commercial halibut fishery, which are provided here.

The Council is scheduled to adopt the final changes to the 2020 CSP and annual fishing regulations at their November 15-20 meeting in Costa Mesa, California. Public comment materials received through the e-portal BY 5:00 pm, Thursday, October 17, 2019, will be available to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the November meeting. Public comment materials received via e-portal  after the October 17, 2019, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm, Monday, November 4, 2019 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the November meeting. To submit public comment on this topic for the November Council meeting, please visit the e-portal here.

For further information, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at (503) 820-2410; or toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Salmon Methodology Review Meeting to be held via webinar Tuesday, October 22

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Salmon Technical Team and Scientific and Statistical Salmon Subcommittee will hold a joint methodology review meeting.  This meeting will be held via webinar and is open to the public.

The webinar will be held Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 9 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, and will end at 4 p.m. or when business for the day has been completed.

Agenda

Purpose of the meeting

The purpose of the methodology review meeting is to discuss and review proposed changes to analytical methods used in salmon management.  Three topics were approved for consideration of review at the September 2019 Pacific Council meeting:  (1) Conduct the technical analysis needed to inform a change of the salmon management boundary line from latitude 40° 05′ (Horse Mountain, California) five miles north to latitude 40° 10′, (2) Examine the data and models used to forecast impacts on Columbia River summer Chinook to determine whether a change in methodology is warranted, and (3) Provide documentation of the abundance forecast approach used for Willapa Bay natural coho.

Results and recommendations from this methodology review meeting will be presented at the November 2019 Pacific Council meeting where the Pacific Council is scheduled to take final action on the proposals.  A draft of the updated Fishery Regulation Assessment Model user manual provided by the Pacific Council’s Model Evaluation Workgroup may also be discussed.  If time and interest allows, additional topics may be discussed, including, but not limited to, future Pacific Council agenda items.

To attend the webinar

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link: https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 439-088-851
  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 (1-415-655-0052)
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code (714-668-149)
  6. 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

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 10, 8, 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

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.

For further information about the meetings, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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PFMC to hold meeting regarding central subpopulation of northern anchovy October 3-4, 2019 in La Jolla, CA

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a meeting to discuss issues related to management and science of the central subpopulation of northern anchovy (CSNA).  This meeting will include representatives from the Pacific Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT), the Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS), the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC).  This meeting is open to the public.

The meeting will be held Thursday, October 3 and Friday, October 4, 2019.  The meeting will begin at 8:30 am Pacific Daylight Time each day and will continue until 5 pm or until business for the day has been completed.

Meeting Purpose

The purpose of the meeting is to evaluate options and analyses relative to management of the CSNA, including evaluation of methods for estimating the nearshore component of the stock, options for periodic review of management reference points, and evaluation of elements related to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife/ California Wetfish Producers Association aerial survey methodology.  Meeting principals will be representatives of the CPSMT, CPSAS, the SSC’s CPS Subcommittee, and the NOAA SWFSC.  Public comment may be taken at the discretion of the CPSMT Chair.

Meeting Location

The meetings will be held at the following location:

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Pacific 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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Ad Hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee to Meet October 9-10, 2019 in Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 25th, 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 Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 8 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time and recess when business for the day is completed.  It will continue at 8 a.m. Thursday, October 10, 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.  The SaMTAAC’s work on alternatives will be presented at the November 2019 Pacific Council meeting.

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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November 2019 Council Meeting

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies met November 14-20, 2019 at the following location:

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

MP3 and WAV files (meeting recordings)

Decision summary document

Briefing book

Fast facts

Agenda and meeting notice

Briefing book public comment deadlines (E-
Portal)

Visit the November 2019 Council Meeting E-portal to submit your written comment. Select the agenda item you are interested in commenting on and either enter your comments in the text box, or upload a file containing your comments in .pdf format.

  • Public Comments received between 10/03/19 and 10/17/19, 5:00 pm Pacific Time will be posted with the Advanced Briefing Book.
  • Comments received after 10/17/19 will be posted Supplementally upon review.  The comment window closes on 11/4/19 at 5 pm.
  • You will only be allowed to submit one public comment for each period (Advanced, Supplemental, in person at the meeting).

If you have additional questions regarding the Pacific Fishery Management Council E-Portal for
Public Comment:

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 and videos must be sent to: Kris.Kleinschmidt@noaa.gov. Please see the Protocol Policy on submitting electronic slide presentation materials at the Council meetings for full direction, expectations, and equipment available for use during presentations.

 

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September 2019 Decision Summary Document Online

Friday, September 20th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 13-18, 2019 in Boise, Idaho. The September 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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Press Release September 18, 2019: Cowcod South of 40°10’ have been rebuilt well ahead of schedule!

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

BOISE, IDAHO – An important West Coast groundfish stock that was formerly overfished has now been rebuilt ahead of schedule, the Pacific Fishery Management Council announced today. The cowcod (Sebastes levis) stock south of 40°10’ N. latitude has been managed under a strict rebuilding plan that has severely constrained West Coast fisheries in California for two decades. Rebuilding cowcod was achieved through large area closures, non-retention rules, and very low allowance for incidental bycatch. “This is a remarkable accomplishment,” said Council Chair Phil Anderson. “The Council’s perseverance, adherence to scientific advice, and partnering with the commercial and recreational stakeholders resulted in the rebuilding of this important groundfish species.”

Cowcod, prized by both California recreational and commercial fishermen, were declared overfished and placed under rebuilding measures in 2000. They are a long‐lived, slow‐growing species, prone to protracted rebuilding progress. Under the original rebuilding plan, the stock was expected to rebuild by 2090. Improved science and understanding of this stock’s population dynamics allowed the Council’s management measures to rebuild much quicker than originally anticipated

.Cowcod

The Pacific Fishery Management Council, National Marine Fisheries Service, and fishing industry stakeholders have collaborated successfully to rebuild overfished West Coast groundfish stocks. Cowcod is the ninth West Coast groundfish stock to rebuild through stringent management measures, leaving yelloweye rockfish as the only Federally-managed groundfish stock managed under a rebuilding plan.

Process

The cowcod assessment was developed by scientists at National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center and was reviewed by a stock assessment review panel, which includes independent scientists, and endorsed by the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee. New harvest specifications and regulations informed by this assessment are expected to be put in place beginning in 2021.

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 nautical miles offshore of the U.S. coastline. The Pacific Council recommends management measures for fisheries off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington.

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PRELIMINARY DRAFT SEPTEMBER 2019 MOTIONS IN WRITING

Friday, September 13th, 2019

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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Quick link to the September 2019 Briefing Book!

Friday, September 6th, 2019

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September 2019 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Friday, September 6th, 2019

The September 2019 Council meeting will be live‐streamed on the internet during the following hours:

  • Friday, September 13, 2019: beginning at approximately 9:00 AM Mountain Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM MT or when business for the day is complete
  • Saturday, September 14, 2019 through Wednesday, September 18, 2019: 8:00 AM Mountain Time, ending daily at approximately 6:00 PM MT or when business for the day is complete

Only the audio portion and presentations displayed on the screen at the Council meeting will be broadcast. The audio portion is listen‐only; you will be unable to speak to the Council via the broadcast.

For agenda item topics and meeting information, please see the September 2019 Council meeting webpage.

Please Note: The GotoMeeting broadcast is not a substitute for attending the Council meeting in-person. We strive to make this service fully available, but due to unforeseen technical issues (internet/power outages, GoToMeeting service issues, etc), this service may not be available during portions of the Council meeting.

Instructions to join the meeting in “listen-only” mode

  1. http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 634-645-459
  3. Please enter your email address (required)

This is a “listen only” broadcast, you may use your computer speakers or headset to listen.

If you do not have a headset or computer speakers, you may use your telephone to listen to the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (562) 247-8422 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone attendee audio access code: 532-691-006; then enter the Audio Pin: Shown after joining the webinar. The webinar is broadcast in “listen only” mode.

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 the GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt for technical assistance.

MP3 Audio Files

Approximately five business days after the meeting has ended, you may visit the “Past Meetings” webpage where you will find links to the MP3 and WAV files.

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