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Public review draft of FEP Chapters 1 & 2

Consistent with Section 1.3 in the FEP in September 2018 the Council initiated a review to consider updates to the document. The Council directed its Ecosystem Work Group (EWG) to revise and update the goals and objectives in the FEP Chapter 2 and develop an outline of FEP revisions to reflect updated science and results of both completed and candidate initiatives.

In March 2019 the Council directed the EWG to submit, for the September 2019 advanced briefing book, alternative descriptions of the FEP Vision (including purpose, goals, and objectives), taking into account public and advisory body comments. Based on EWG recommendations (see Agenda Item E.1.a, EWG Report 1, September 2019), the Council adopted changes to Chapters 1 and 2 for public review. In March 2020 the Council will finalize revisions to FEP chapters 1 and 2, including the vision statement and goals and objectives.

View the public review draft of Chapter 1 and 2 revisions.

March 2020 Council meeting internet live stream

The March 2020 Council meeting will be live‐streamed on the internet during the following hours:

  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020: beginning at approximately 9:00 AM Pacific Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020 through Monday, March 9, 2020: 8:00 AM Pacific Time, ending daily at approximately 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete

Only the audio portion and presentations displayed on the screen at the Council meeting will be broadcast. The audio portion is listen‐only; you will be unable to speak to the Council via the broadcast.

For agenda item topics and meeting information, please see the March 2020 Council meeting webpage.

Please Note: The GotoMeeting broadcast is not a substitute for attending the Council meeting in-person. We strive to make this service fully available, but due to unforeseen technical issues (internet/power outages, GoToMeeting service issues, etc), this service may not be available during portions of the Council meeting.

Instructions to join the meeting in “listen-only” mode

  1. http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 752-427-619
  3. Please enter your email address (required)

This is a “listen only” broadcast, you may use your computer speakers or headset to listen.

If you do not have a headset or computer speakers, you may use your telephone to listen to the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (562) 247-8422 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone attendee audio access code: 771-083-667; then enter the Audio Pin: Shown after joining the webinar. The webinar is broadcast in “listen only” mode.

Technical Information

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, 8, 10, Vista, or XP
  • 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)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt for technical assistance.

MP3 Audio Files

Approximately five business days after the meeting has ended, you may visit the “Previous Meetings” webpage where you will find links to the MP3 files.

March 2020 Briefing Book

Recent reports

A. Call to Order

B. Open Comment Period

C. Administrative Matters

D. Habitat Issues

E. Salmon Management

  • E.1 Situation Summary: National Marine Fisheries Service Report
    • E.1 Attachment 1: Letter regarding schedule for the 2020 salmon season regulatory review from Mr. Chris Oliver, Assistant Director of Fisheries to Mr. Chuck Tracy, Executive Director of Pacific Fishery Management Council; received January 29, 2020
    • E.1 Attachment 2: Letter of Notice of Intent to Sue from Wild Fish Conservancy to U.S. Department of Commerce and National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to ensure that their authorization of the southeast Alaska salmon fisheries does not jeopardize the continued existence of the Southern Resident Killer Whale and four Chinook salmon species; received January 9, 2020
    • E.1.b, Supplemental NWFSC Report 1: Salmon-related publications of the Northwest and Southwest Fisheries Science Center in 2019-present

F. Pacific Halibut Management

  • F.3 Situation Summary: Transition of Area 2A Fishery Management
    • F.3, Attachment 1: Letter from Pacific Fishery Management Council Chair Philip Anderson to International Pacific Halibut Commission Executive Director Dr. Wilson Regarding Council Recommendations for the 2020 Non-Indian Commercial Directed Halibut Fishery, dated December 13, 2019
    • F.3, Attachment 2: Draft Range of Alternatives for the Proposed Transfer of Management Responsibilities for Area 2A Pacific Halibut Fisheries with Focus on the Non-Indian Directed Commercial Fishery

G. Ecosystem Management

H. Groundfish Management

  • H.3 Situation Summary: Update on Exempted Fishing Permits for 2021-2022
    • H.3, Attachment 1: Summary of Council November 2019 Actions on 2021-2022 EFP
    • H.3, Attachment 2: Year-Round Coastwide Midwater Rockfish EFP: Monitoring and Minimizing Salmon Bycatch When Targeting Rockfish in the Shorebased IFQ Fishery, 2021-2022
    • H.3, Attachment 3: January 31, 2020 letter from Kotow and Lasko Withdrawing CCA CAL/Okuma Fishing Tackle EFP Proposal
    • H.3, Attachment 4: Groundfish EFP Proposal: Yellowtail Rockfish Jig Fishing off California
    • H.3, Attachment 5: Commercial Midwater Hook-and-Line Rockfish in RCA off Oregon
    • H.3, Attachment 6: Proposal for an Exempted Fishery Permit, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Enhanced Yelloweye Recreational Fishery Biological Sampling
    • H.3, Attachment 7: Monterey Bay Regional Exempted Fishing Permit Targeting Chilipepper Rockfish
    • H.3, Attachment 8: December 9, 2019 letter from Mr. Phil Anderson to Mr. Chris Oliver
    • H.3, Attachment 9: February 4, 2020, letter from Mr. Chris Oliver to Mr. Phil Anderson
    • H.3.a, CDFW Report 1: California Department of Fish And Wildlife Report on 2021-2022 Exempted Fishing Permits

I. Highly Migratory Species Management

Ancillary Meetings (Advisory Body and Committee Agendas AND Committee Memos)

Ancillary Agendas

Advisory Body and Committee Memos

Informational Reports, General Information, and Membership Roster

Informational Reports

General Information and Membership Roster

  • General Information for March 2020: Chair’s Reception Flyer, Future Meeting Schedule, Hotel Floor Plan (meeting room layout), Council Member Seating Chart, and Membership Roster

NMFS publishes final rule and requests comments; protected species hard caps for the California/Oregon large-mesh drift gillnet fishery

NMFS is publishing regulations under the authority of Section 303(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to implement an immediate closure of the California/Oregon drift gillnet (DGN) fishery for swordfish and thresher shark (14 inch (36 cm) minimum mesh size) if a hard cap (i.e., limit) on mortality/injury is met or exceeded for certain protected species during a rolling 2-year period.

The final rule is effective March 9, 2020.  Comments on the final rule and supporting documents must be submitted in writing by March 23, 2020.

Please see the Federal Register notice dated February 7, 2020 for the final rule and instructions on how to comment.

If you have additional questions, please contact ontacting Lyle Enriquez, NMFS West Coast Region, 501 W. Ocean Boulevard, Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802-4213, or Lyle.Enriquez@noaa.gov.

Notice of availability: proposed rule for the 2020 Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan

NOAA Fisheries has issued a proposed rule for the Pacific halibut Catch Sharing Plan and annual management measures for Area 2A off Washington, Oregon, and California.  Comments on the proposed changes to the Catch Sharing Plan and domestic Area 2A Pacific halibut management measures must be received by March 9, 2020. Please see the Federal Register notice dated February 6, 2020 to view the proposed rule and instructions on how to comment.

For further information, please contact Kathryn Blair, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region; phone: 503-231-6858, fax: 503-231-6893, or e-mail: kathryn.blair@noaa.gov.