NMFS publishes proposed rule for 2020-2021 annual specifications and management measures for Pacific Sardine

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposes to implement annual harvest specifications and management measures for the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine, for the fishing year from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. NMFS is accepting comments through June 11, 2020. Please see the Federal Register notice dated May 27, 2020 to view the […]

Pacific Council News Spring 2020: Other news

Nominations open for advisory body vacancies The Council is accepting nominations for a Washington position on the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel and the Northern Charter Boat Operator position on the Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel. Nominations for both are due Monday, May 18. Advisory body appointments made in March In March the Council appointed Andrew Babich […]

Pacific Council News Spring 2020: Coastal pelagic species

Pacific sardine assessment, harvest specifications, and management measures set In April the Council adopted the 2020 Pacific sardine assessment with the following harvest specifications and management measures: Biomass: 28,276 metric tons (mt) Overfishing limit: 5,525 mt P* (uncertainty) buffer: 0.40 Acceptable biological catch: (Tier 2): 4,288 mt Annual catch limit: 4,288 mt Annual catch target: […]

Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel and Management Team Webinar on Scenario Deepening, June 1

As part of its Climate and Communities Initiative (CCI) the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is sponsoring a series of webinars with its advisory bodies, which are open to the public.

The webinar with focus on the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan will be held on the following date and time:

  • Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel and Management Team: Monday, June 1, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Purpose of this webinar series

The Council’s Climate and Communities Core Team (CCCT) is coordinating a scenario planning process to explore potential fisheries management challenges under climate variability and change. During a two-day scenario development workshop in January 2020, more than 70 participants, including representatives from each of the Council’s advisory bodies, developed four scenarios to be used in a stakeholder driven strategic planning process. This is designed to meet the CCI goal to consider strategies for improving the flexibility and responsiveness of our management actions to near-term climate shift and long-term climate change, and strategies for increasing the resiliency of our managed stocks and fisheries to those changes. The CCCT is now enhancing the clarity of descriptions for each of the four scenarios (also referred to as ‘deepening’ the scenarios). The purpose of this webinar series is to solicit input from the Council’s advisory bodies on how possible future conditions described in each of these scenarios might affect the species and fisheries managed under the Council’s fishery management plans.

Webinar materials

To attend the online meetings (GoToMeeting)

  1. Use this link:  https://www.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join-meeting

  1. Enter the Meeting ID/Access Code: 240-804-645

  2. Please enter your name and email address (required)

  3. You may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (872-240-3412)

  4. Enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the meeting).

Technical Information

System Requirements

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

  • 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)

For technical assistance, you may send an email to Kris Kleinschmidt or call/text 503-820-2412; or email Sandra Krause or call/text 503-820-2419.

Additional information

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 webinar, please contact Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

National Marine Fisheries Service publishes its final “List of Fisheries” for 2020

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2020, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The final LOF for 2020 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. This final rule is effective May 18, 2020. Information regarding the LOF may be obtained from […]

Pacific Sardine Stock Assessment Review Panel meeting to be held February 24-27 in La Jolla, CA

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel meeting to review the 2020 Pacific sardine stock assessment.  The meeting will be held Monday, February 24, 2020 through Thursday, February 27, 2020.  The meeting will start at 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on February 24, and 8:30 a.m. on each […]

Pacific Council News Summer 2019: Coastal Pelagic Species

Coastal pelagic species shorts Proposed sardine rules: On July 1, NMFS published harvest specifications and management measures for the 2019-2020 Pacific sardine fishing year based on Council recommendations at the April 2019 meeting. The biomass estimate of 27,547 metric tons (mt) places sardine in the “overfished” category, meaning the Council and NMFS must develop a […]