2022: EM Regulatory Development

The Council is continuing to examine the EM Program to reduce costs to the industry and ensure the overall program is effective and efficient for all participants when the program goes into effect January 1, 2024 In February 2022 the Council began scoping several issues brought forth by the industry via the Council’s Ad Hoc […]

Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory and Technical Advisory Committees to meet February 3, 2023

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory and Technical Advisory Committees (GEMPAC/TAC) will continue an online meeting, which is open to the public. The meeting will be held Friday, February 3, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Pacific Time, or until business for the day is completed.

Purpose of the meeting

This meeting is a continuation from the meeting held on January 31 and the GEMPAC/TAC will review materials and prepare recommendations for the March 2023 Pacific Council meeting regarding potential changes to the Pacific Council’s electronic monitoring program.

Meeting materials

Agenda

Attachment 1- PSFMC EM Review Monitoring Cost Analysis

To attend the online meeting

Please join using this link: https://v.ringcentral.com/join/331822817

Meeting ID: 331822817

Or dial:
    +1 (650) 4191505 United States (San Mateo, CA)

Access Code / Meeting ID: 331822817

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

Additional information

Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2412 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, extension 424.

Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory and Technical Advisory Committees to meet January 31, 2023

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory and Technical Advisory Committees (GEMPAC/TAC) will hold an online meeting, which is open to the public. The meeting will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, February 3, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Pacific Time, or until business for each day is completed.

Purpose of the meeting

The primary purpose of this meeting is for the GEMPAC/TAC to review materials and prepare recommendations for the March 2023 Pacific Council meeting regarding potential changes to the Pacific Council’s electronic monitoring program.

Meeting materials

Agenda

Attachment 1: PSFMC EM Review Monitoring Cost Analysis

Attachment 2: NMFS Concerns and Questions for GEMPAC (1/31 and 2/3)

Attachment 3: EM Partial Video Review Simulation Results 1-27-2023 (Excel File)

Attachment 4: Electronic Monitoring Program – Range of Alternatives presentation

To attend the online meeting

Please join using this link: https://v.ringcentral.com/join/331822817

Meeting ID: 331822817

Or dial:
    +1 (650) 4191505 United States (San Mateo, CA)

Access Code / Meeting ID: 331822817

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

Additional information

Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2412 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, extension 424.

Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory and Technical Advisory Committees to meet October 28, 2022

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory and Technical Advisory Committees (GEMPAC/TAC) will hold an online meeting, which is open to the public. The meeting will be held Friday, October 28, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Pacific Time, or until business for the day is completed. This meeting is a continuation from the meeting held on Monday, October 24, 2022.

Purpose of the meeting

The primary purpose of this meeting is for the GEMPAC/TAC to review materials and prepare recommendations for the November 2022 Pacific Council meeting regarding potential changes to the Pacific Council’s electronic monitoring program.

Meeting materials

Agenda

Attachment 1: Title 50 – Wildlife and Fisheries

Attachment 2: Federal Register Notice

Attachment 3: Electronic Monitoring Program Manual

Attachment 4: 2021 West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Program

Attachment 5: GEMPAC – Subgroup 2 – Draft report – October 2022

Attachment 6: EM Trusted Provider / PSMFC Manual Draft

Attachment 7: GEMPAC IFQ Quota attainment datasheet (Excel file – downloads before opening)

Attachment 8: IFQ Allowable Discard List (Excel file – downloads before opening)

Attachment 9:  West Coast Electronic Monitoring Updates

Meeting Recording

https://youtu.be/aWPT4ppMVJU

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, extension 424.

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 […]