Offshore Wind News

This is a resource page that summarizes and updates readers about what’s happening in offshore wind off the West Coast. BOEM = Bureau of Ocean Energy ManagementNOAA = National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration New and notable The Council is holding a marine planning and offshore development meeting online on July 22-23. The California State Lands […]

Habitat Committee to hold online meeting February 24, 2021

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will hold an online meeting of its Habitat Committee (HC) to consider information on marine planning and offshore development activities.  This meeting is open to the public.  The online meeting will be held Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, or until business for the day has been completed.

Meeting materials

Agenda: Habitat Committee February 24, 2021 online meeting

C.2 Situation Summary: Marine Planning Update (from March 2021 briefing book)

Submit Public Comment on Agenda Item C.2 Marine Planning

Purpose of the meeting

Representatives of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration will present information related to the identification of Aquaculture Opportunity Areas, and representatives of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Development will provide a presentation on identifying potential offshore wind energy sites.  The HC and other Pacific Council advisory bodies will consider the information and will develop reports to the Pacific Council for its March 2021 meeting.

The HC may discuss other habitat-related issues related to the Pacific Council’s March meeting agenda, as necessary.  A meeting agenda will be posted to the Pacific Council’s website in advance of the meeting.

https://youtu.be/tRavOW0ZX7U

To attend the online meeting (RingCentral)

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:   https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join
  2. Enter the Meeting ID: 148 814 5765 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. Please 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.
  6. Once connected, you will be in the meeting, seeing other participants and a shared screen, if applicable.

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):

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Meeting ID: 148 814 5765

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

Technical information

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

Fact sheet: Habitat and essential fish habitat

Habitat is the environment where an animal lives, feeds, reproduces, and grows. Many fish move through different habitats during their lives. For example, a fish might spawn in the surf zone, but live as an adult in open water; or might move seasonally into different depths or substrates. Fish move into different habitats for feeding, […]

Pacific Council News Winter 2020: Features, Legislation, Habitat and Appointments

An Interview with Don Hansen: The whale watching business This is the third and last part of our interview with Don Hansen, who has been involved in the Council process since it started in 1976. I started whale watching on the West Coast. Phil Grignon down at San Clemente high school here, had his biology […]

Call for data and information – Essential Fish Habitat Review for Coastal Pelagic Species

The Pacific Fishery Management Council, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center have initiated a review of essential fish habitat (EFH) provisions in the Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP).  This call for data and information is intended to support the review.  Information and data sources can include […]

Pacific Council News Fall 2020

An interview with Don Hansen, Part 2: Memories of management Getting into fishery management was interesting. From the second meeting on, I was there, until now. So I’ve been with fishery management for a long, long time. [Those first Council meetings] were different! Believe me, they were different. You sat around a table and the […]

Pacific Council News Fall 2020: Habitat, ecosystem, and related stories

Climate and Communities scenario presented; workshops to follow The Council endorsed the Climate and Communities Core Team’s) final climate scenario document in September. The Council has been conducting a climate change scenario planning exercise for over a year as part of the Fishery Ecosystem Plan Climate and Communities Initiative.  At a January workshop that included […]

Request for nominations for a commercial fishery vacancy on the Habitat Committee

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill one commercial fishery position on its Habitat Committee (HC).  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 p.m. Pacific […]

Pacific Council News Summer 2020

An interview with Don Hansen This is the first of a three-part interview with Don Hansen. Don founded Dana Wharf Sport Fishing and Whale Watching, along with the Festival of the Whale in Dana Point, California. He was involved in the development of the first West Coast fishery management plans under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Don […]

Call for data and information – Essential Fish Habitat Review for Pacific Coast Highly Migratory Species

The Pacific Fishery Management Council, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center have initiated a review of essential fish habitat (EFH) provisions in the Pacific Coast Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP).  This call for data and information is intended to support the review. The HMS FMP, its […]