2021: EM Regulation Delay and EFP Extension

In September 2021 the Council recommended that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) delay implementation of the groundfish electronic monitoring (EM) program for all trip types for at least two years, thereby establishing a start date for the use of EM on fishing trips to be no earlier than January 1, 2024. In addition, the […]

Fact Sheet: Salmon

Salmon species The Council manages Chinook and coho salmon. In odd-numbered years, the Council may manage pink salmon near the Canadian border. Sockeye, chum, and steelhead are rarely caught in the Council’s ocean fisheries. Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) (“king” or “tyee”) are the largest and most highly prized of the Pacific salmon. Like all salmon, […]

Fact Sheet: Electronic monitoring

At-sea monitoring of all fishing trips (100% monitoring) is required as part of the Council’s groundfish trawl catch share program in order to account for discards. Currently, this monitoring is conducted by human observers. From 2012 to 2018, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) studied the use of electronic monitoring (EM) to examine its potential […]

Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee and Technical Advisory Committee to meet February 25, 2021

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee and Technical Advisory Committee (Committees) will hold three online meetings, which are open to the public.  The meetings will be held Wednesday, January 20, 2021 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Thursday, January 21, 2021 (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) and Thursday, February 25, 2021 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Pacific Standard Time, or until business for each day is completed.

Purpose of the meetings

The purpose of these meetings is to discuss materials and develop recommendations that are scheduled to be considered during the March 2021 Pacific Council meeting. Specifically, the Committees will discuss recommendations for further development of the draft electronic monitoring (EM) guidance documents and EM provider manual for West Coast groundfish fisheries.  The Committees may also discuss other items on the Pacific Council’s March agenda, particularly administrative matters.

Meeting materials

GEMTAC/GEMPAC Agenda

G.5 Situation Summary: Electronic Monitoring Program Update

G.5.a, NMFS Report 1: Electronic Monitoring Implementation Update

G.5.a, NMFS Report 2: Draft 2021 Electronic Monitoring Program Guidelines

G.5.a, NMFS Report 3: Draft 2021 Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Program Manual

Supplemental NMFS Report 4 – EM VMP Guidelines

Supplemental NMFS Report 5 – EM Video Review Protocols

Supplemental NMFS Report 6 – EM Records Q&A

To attend the online meetings

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Technical information

Attendee instructions

System requirements

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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 meeting, please contact Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2424;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee and Technical Advisory Committee to meet January 20-21, 2021

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee and Technical Advisory Committee (Committees) will hold three online meetings, which are open to the public.  The meetings will be held Wednesday, January 20, 2021 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Thursday, January 21, 2021 (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) and Thursday, February 25, 2021 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Pacific Standard Time, or until business for each day is completed.

Purpose of the meetings

The purpose of these meetings is to discuss materials and develop recommendations that are scheduled to be considered during the March 2021 Pacific Council meeting. Specifically, the Committees will discuss recommendations for further development of the draft electronic monitoring (EM) guidance documents and EM provider manual for West Coast groundfish fisheries.  The Committees may also discuss other items on the Pacific Council’s March agenda, particularly administrative matters.

Agenda

To attend the online meeting

  1. Join the meeting by using this link: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join,
  2. Enter the Meeting ID: 149 030 9077 and click JOIN
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    •  the RingCentral meetings application OR
    •  join the meeting without a download via your web browser,
  4. Enter your name and click JOIN.
  5. You may join the audio portion of the meeting through your device or use your telephone 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.

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+1(646)357-3664
+1(773)231-9226 (US North)

Meeting ID: 149 030 9077

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

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 meeting, please contact Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2424;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Proposed rule to delay implementation of the Electronic Monitoring Program for the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program

On August 28, 2020 NMFS published a proposed rule that would revise regulations to delay implementation of the Electronic Monitoring (EM) Program for the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program. This action would delay implementation of the EM Program to January 1, 2022. NMFS is proposing this change to provide additional time for industry and […]

National Archives and Records Administration notice of availability of proposed records schedules and request for comments (electronic monitoring)

NOAA Fisheries is working with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to establish a new retention schedule for the raw imagery and other data collected by Electronic Monitoring systems. This NOAA Fisheries website provides background information, the proposed rule, the link to the NARA website, and the instructions on how to comment. Public comments are due […]

West Coast Region Electronic Monitoring (EM) Webinar

PUBLIC NOTICE For Information Contact: NMFS-SEA-20-21 Justin Kavanaugh: Justin.Kavanaugh@noaa.gov (206) 526-4140 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 13, 2020  The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces a webinar on EM program implementation for west coast groundfish. The purpose of this webinar is to review guidance materials for EM service providers, including EM Service Plan Guidelines and the […]