Fact Sheet: Overfishing and rebuilding

Currently the Council is rebuilding one groundfish stock: yelloweye rockfish. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management and Conservation Act, or MSA (the primary legislation that governs fishery management) requires that every Council end overfishing and rebuild overfished stocks. Therefore, if a Council-managed species is overfished or is being overfished, the Council must reduce catches to a level […]

Fact Sheet: Groundfish

The fish The Council’s Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) includes over 100 different species that, with a few exceptions, live on or near the bottom of the ocean. The FMP covers the following species: Rockfish. All West Coast rockfish are included in the plan. This diverse group includes both commercially and recreationally important […]

Council news: Rigorous management practices have led to successful rebuilding of several West Coast groundfish stocks

Portland, Oregon—A new paper published in Nature Sustainability, “Identifying Management Actions that Promote Sustainable Fisheries,” demonstrates that rigorous management practices have helped rebuild depleted fish stocks worldwide and underscores the fact that greater investment in fisheries management generally leads to better outcomes for fish populations and the fisheries they support. The Pacific Fishery Management Council, […]

Groundfish Advisory Subpanel to hold online meeting February 16, 2021

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP) will hold an online meeting, which is open to the public.  The meeting will be held Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, or until business for each day is completed.

Meeting materials

Purpose of the meeting

The purpose of this meeting is for the GAP to discuss potential fishery management changes regarding non-trawl rockfish conservation area management and future implementation of fishing gear used under the Emley/Platt exempted fishing permit.  This discussion is in support of a tentatively scheduled agenda item for the April 2021 Pacific Council meeting. The GAP may also discuss other items on the Pacific Council’s March or April agenda, particularly ecosystem or administrative matters.

To attend the online meeting

  1. Join the meeting by using this link: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join,
  2. Enter the Meeting ID: 148 479 1975 and click JOIN
  3. Next you will be prompted to either download:
    • 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 use computer audio or 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.

If you are not able to use the RingCentral application via computer, mobile device or join via web browser, 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):

US: +1(213)250-5700
+1 (346) 980-4201
+1 (623) 404-9000 (US West)
+1 (650) 242-4929
+1 (720) 902-7700 (US Central)
+1 (312) 263-0281
+1 (469) 445-0100 (US South)
+1 (470) 869-2200 (US East)
+1 (646) 357-3664
+1 (773) 231-9226 (US North)
Meeting ID: 148 479 1975

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

Technical information

Attendee instructions

Technical assistance

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.

Groundfish Management Team to hold online meeting February 17, 2021

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a webinar meeting of its Groundfish Management Team (GMT) to discuss items on the Pacific Council’s March 2021 meeting agenda. This meeting is open to the public. The online meeting will be held Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). The scheduled ending time for this GMT meeting is an estimate, the meeting will adjourn when business for the day is completed.

Purpose of the meeting

The primary purpose of the GMT webinar is to prepare for the Pacific Council’s March 2021 agenda items.  The GMT will discuss items primarily related to the Pacific Council’s groundfish management and administrative agenda items.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management. No management actions will be decided by the GMT.

Agenda

To attend the online meeting

  1. Join the meeting by using this link: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join,
  2. Enter the Meeting ID: 149 307 0900 and click JOIN
  3. Next you will be prompted to either download:
    •  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 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.

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 U.S. location):

US: +1(650)2424929
+1(720)9027700 (US Central)
+1(773)2319226 (US North)
+1(213)2505700
+1(312)2630281
+1(346)9804201
+1(469)4450100 (US South)
+1(470)8692200 (US East)
+1(623)4049000 (US West)
+1(646)3573664

Meeting ID: 149 307 0900

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  Todd Phillips at 503-820-2426; toll free 1-866-806-7204, extension 426.

Pacific Council News Winter 2020: Groundfish

Council directs analysis to focus on gear switching impacts The Council wants to better understand the impacts of limiting gear switching (the use of fixed gear in the trawl individual fishing quota fishery) in order to help identify the maximum level of gear switching that should be allowed. In November, the Council directed analysts to […]

Washington submits draft plan to distribute Federal relief funding

Washington State announced on December 8 that it has submitted a draft plan for how to distribute $50 million in Federal relief funding to members of Washington’s commercial seafood, shellfish and charter industries to NOAA Fisheries for review and approval. Under Section 12005 of the CARES Act, Congress provided $300 million to states to distribute […]

COVID-19 fisheries assistance

NOTE: The Council does not administer fisheries assistance for COVID-19. Please see the links below for resources, or contact the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Recent news California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife posts a CARES Act page for fisheries participants and communities (June 23) How CARES Act funds are allocated (May 14) The Midwater […]

NOAA Fisheries announces emergency action to temporarily extend the primary sablefish fishery season

Published in the Federal Register October 27, 2020: Emergency rule to temporarily extend the 2020 sablefish primary fishery from October 31, 2020 to December 31, 2020. This action is necessary to provide operational flexibility so that vessels in the sablefish primary fishery are able to fully harvest their tier limits despite high economic uncertainty in […]