The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold an online meeting, which is open to the public. The online meeting will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time and continuing until business is completed.
Purpose of the meeting
The purpose of the meeting is for the HMSMT to discuss and prepare reports for HMS items on the Council’s June 2021 meeting agenda. There are two items on the Council meeting agenda that will be the focus of the HMSMT meeting, summarized below. The HMSMT also may discuss other items on the June Council agenda and conduct general workload planning.
First, the HMSMT needs to prepare an analysis of drift gillnet (DGN) fishery performance metrics. These performance metrics track bycatch of specified protected species and finfish species of concern and are reported to the Council each June based on available bycatch data. In June 2019, the Council endorsed a new analytical method proposed by the HMSMT. Because performance metrics were not reported in 2020, this would be the first year this new analytical method will be used.
Second, the HMSMT will discuss recommendations to address scoping and the development of a range of alternatives for DGN fishery hard caps. The Council took final action in September 2015 to implement “hard cap” for selected protected species taken in the DGN fishery as a bycatch mitigation measure. Implementing regulations became effective in February 2020 but were subsequently vacated by court order. The Council wishes to consider alternative bycatch mitigation methods, consistent with its original intent, and considering the reasons the previous implementing regulations were vacated by the Court.
To attend the online meeting
- Join the meeting by using this link: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join,
- Enter the Meeting ID: 148 569 8211 and click JOIN
- Next you will be prompted to either download:
- the RingCentral meetings application OR
- join the meeting without a download via your web browser,
- Enter your name and click JOIN.
- You may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing the TOLL number provided on your screen, followed by the meeting ID and participant ID (also provided on the screen)
- Once connected, you will be in the meeting, seeing other participants and a shared screen, if applicable.
For the best audio experience, please use computer audio. If you are not able to use the RingCentral application via computer or mobile device, please join the “audio only” portion of the online meeting by calling one of the numbers below.
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Meeting ID: 148 569 8211
International numbers available: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/teleconference
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-280-2412 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.
If you have additional questions regarding the workshop, please contact Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.