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 […]

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

NMFS presents California Current Ecosystem and Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Report The NOAA Fisheries Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) Team presented the annual California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment report to the Council in March. Highlights of 2019 ecosystem conditions include: The system experienced weak to neutral El Niño conditions, average to slightly positive Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and […]

Habitat Committee Webinar on Scenario Deepening, June 5

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 Habitat concerns will be held on the following date and times:

  • Habitat Committee: Friday, June 5, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 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:

  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 […]

Council sends letter on Columbia River Draft Environmental Impact Statement

On April 13 the Pacific Fishery Management Council sent a letter with comments on the Columbia River System Operations Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The letter was addressed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration, and Bureau of Reclamation. The purpose of the DEIS is to update the management of the Columbia […]