Pacific Council News Fall 2020: Coastal Pelagic Species

Pacific sardine rebuilding plan approved In September the Council approved a rebuilding plan for Pacific sardine, which was declared overfished in June 2019.  The Council selected the status quo (Alternative 1) as the preferred management alternative to achieve stock rebuilding, which takes into account the needs of the fishery, the biology of the stock, and […]

Request for Nominations for a Vacancy on the Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel Representing the Conservation Community

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking qualified candidates to consider for a vacant Conservation position on its Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS).  The successful candidate will serve out the remainder of the 2019-2021 Council advisory body term. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 […]

Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to hold online meeting September 29, 2020

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold an online meeting of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) to discuss coastal pelagic species (CPS) stock assessment priorities and other CPS-related topics.  This meeting is open to the public.  The online meeting will be held Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, or until business for the day has been completed.

Purpose of the meeting

The CPSMT will be developing recommendations regarding CPS stock assessments to be conducted in 2022 and 2023 as guided by the Council’s  stock assessment prioritization process.  The Council is scheduled to establish stock assessment priorities for 2022 and 2023 at its November 2020 meeting.  The CPSMT may discuss a proposed CPS Fishery Management Plan amendment to address stock categories, as well as topics on the Council’s November 2020 agenda, including the CPS methodology review process and workload planning.

CPSMT Agenda

To attend the online meeting (RingCentral)

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Technical information

Technical details will be posted to this webpage as they become available.

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 online meeting, please contact  Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Coastal Pelagic Species Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee to hold online meeting July 15-16, 2020

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold an online meeting of its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Coastal Pelagic Species Subcommittee to review model specifications regarding the Pacific sardine rebuilding plan Rebuilder tool.  This meeting is open to the public. The online meeting will be held Wednesday, July 15, 2020 through Thursday, July 16, 2020.  The meeting will run 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time each day, or until business for the day has been completed.

Meeting materials

Purpose of the meeting

The estimated biomass of Pacific sardine fell below the minimum stock size threshold of 50,000 metric tons, based on the 2019 stock assessment.  The Council and National Marine Fisheries Service are required to develop a rebuilding plan, which is scheduled for Council adoption at its September 2020 meeting.  The primary purpose of the July 15-16 SSC Subcommittee meeting is to provide review and advice on developing proposed rebuilding alternatives relative to the Pacific sardine rebuilding plan.  Specific objectives will include 1) establishing a stock-recruitment relationship and associated uncertainty, 2) establishing Tmin, Tmax, and Bmsy, 3) setting other model parameters, 4) application of the rebuilder for the Council’s rebuilding alternatives, and 5) reviewing model outputs for the development and analysis of alternatives.  The meeting will also include discussion of 2021 stock assessments for coastal pelagic species.  Other technical aspects of the sardine rebuilding plan may also be considered, as appropriate.  Members of the Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team are responsible for developing the sardine rebuilding plan and are expected to be active participants in the meeting.

To attend the online meeting (RingCentral)

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IF you do not have the ability 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 phone numbers listed below.

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1(213)2505700

+1(346)9804201

+1(623)4049000 (US West)

+1(650)2424929

+1(720)9027700 (US Central)

+1(312)2630281

+1(469)4450100 (US South)

+1(470)8692200 (US East)

+1(646)3573664

+1(773)2319226 (US North)

Meeting ID: 148 893 6595

International numbers available: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/teleconference

Technical information and instructions

Attendee instructions

System requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 8 or 10
  • Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
  • Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet (See your phone’s App Store and search for RingCentral meeting or visit RingCentral Mobile App site)

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 this online meeting, please contact  Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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 […]