September 2016 Briefing Book

A. Call to Order

B. Open Comment Period

C. Habitat

D. Ecosystem-Based Management

E. Coastal Pelagic Species Management

F. Groundfish Management

G. Administrative Matters

H. Salmon Management

I. Pacific Halibut Management

J. Highly Migratory Species Management

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

ANCILLARY AGENDAS

ADVISORY BODY AND COMMITTEE MEMOS

  • Supplemental Budget Committee Memo: Memo to Budget Committee (Electronic Only)
  • CPS Memo: Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team, Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel, and Interested Persons
  • Ecosystem Memo: Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel, Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup, and Interested Persons
  • Enforcement Memo: Enforcement Consultants
  • Groundfish Memo: Groundfish Advisory Subpanel, Groundfish Management Team, and Groundfish Interested Persons
  • HMS Memo: Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel, Highly Migratory Species Management Team, and Interested Persons
  • Salmon Memo: Salmon Advisory Subpanel, Salmon Technical Team, Model Evaluation Workgroup, Sacramento River Winter Chinook Workgroup, and Interested Persons
  • SSC Memo: Scientific and Statistical Committee

Informational Reports, General Information, and Membership Roster

INFORMATIONAL REPORTS

  • Informational Report 1: Letter to PFMC from NOS re: Pending nomination of GFNMS-CBNMS-MBNMS for World Heritage Status
  • Informational Report 2: Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States from RFMCs re: designation of marine national monuments using Antiquities Act
  • Informational Report 3: NMFS announces FY17 Saltonstall-Kennedy Federal Funding Opportunity
  • Informational Report 4: Pacific Halibut Bycatch in US West Coast Fisheries (2002-2015); NOAA Publication date: August 2016 (Electronic Only)
  • Informational Report 5: Limited Entry Fixed Gear Sablefish Fishery Data
  • Supplemental Informational Report 6: Oceana is inviting the public to a presentation (Discoveries from Southern California; Exploring the Living Seafloor) on Friday, September 16 from 6 pm to 7 pm
  • Supplemental Informational Report 7: 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue: Violations of the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act Related to the California Drift Gillnet Fishery and the California/Oregon/Washington Sablefish Pot Fishery
  • Supplemental Informational Report 8: Update: Marine Resources Education Program (MREP) Workshop, Santa Cruz
  • Supplemental Informational Report 9: Status Report of the 2016 Ocean Salmon Fisheries off Washington, Oregon, and California; Preliminary Data Through August 31, 2016

GENERAL INFORMATION, CHAIR’S RECEPTION, MEMBERSHIP ROSTER

Protocol for Submitting Electronic Slide Presentation Materials at the Meeting

  • Please see the Protocol Policy on submitting electronic slide presentation materials at the Council meetings for full direction, expectations, and equipment available for use during presentations.

June 2016 Briefing Book

A. Call to Order

B. Open Comment Period

C. Habitat

D. Highly Migratory Species Management

E. Pacific Halibut Management

F. Administrative Matters

G. Groundfish Management

H. Salmon Management

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

Ancillary Agendas

Advisory Body and Committee Memos

  • Enforcement: Enforcement Consultants Memo
  • Groundfish: Groundfish Advisory Subpanel, Groundfish Management Team, and Groundfish Interested Persons Memo
  • HMS Memo: Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel, Highly Migratory Species Management Team, and Interested Persons
  • Salmon: Salmon Advisory Subpanel, Salmon Technical Team, Model Evaluation Workgroup, Sacramento River Winter Chinook Workgroup, and Interested Persons Memo
  • Scientific and Statistical Committee: SSC Memo

Informational Reports, General Information, and Membership Roster

Informational Reports

General Information, Chair’s Reception, Membership Roster

2016 Electronic monitoring actions

In March, the Council received an update on individual fishing quota fixed-gear and bottom trawl exempted fishing permit (EFP) activity.

The Council extended the expiration date of the electronic monitoring EFPs for the bottom trawl, non-whiting mid-water trawl, whiting mid-water trawl, and fixed gear catch share fisheries through 2018. The EFPs were to end when fleetwide regulations were put in place. This was expected for whiting midwater trawl fisheries and fixed gear fisheries in the spring of 2018.

In April, the Council modified their final preferred alternative for electronic monitoring for the fixed-gear fishery:

  1. Individual Vessel Monitoring Plan expiration was changed from 1 year to no expiration;
  2. Declaration of electronic monitoring use was changed from annual declaration to no limit on frequency – declaration stands until changed;
  3. Data Transfer Process removed shoreside monitor and retained only vessel operator and crew;
  4. Video and data processing was clarified that the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission should be eligible to be a 3rd-party video reviewer.

The Council also recommended the following changes based on Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Advisory Committee (GEMPAC) recommendations:

  1. Remove references to particular modes of communication (i.e., email).
  2. Discuss in the preamble of the proposed rule National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) standards for electronic monitoring providers to provide free litigation support to NMFS.
  3. Include a one-page electronic monitoring application process for existing electronic monitoring participants to reduce the paperwork burden for the industry.
  4. Include a general statement in the regulations that would require electronic monitoring providers to comply with state and Federal warranty statutes.

The Council recommended maintaining the proposed three-year record retention requirement but specified that it be reviewed before transitioning to third-party video reviewers, in order to reduce the time required for electronic monitoring providers to retain records.

Finally, the Council deemed the draft regulations as meeting the intent of the whiting final preferred alternative (see November 2015 Decision Summary for whiting electronic monitoring final preferred alternatives) and for the fixed gear fishery, with the expectation that NMFS would incorporate the final preferred alternatives and other Council recommendations. NMFS’s proposed rule for whiting and fixed gear fisheries was available on Oct 6, 2016.

April 2016 Briefing Book

A. Call to Order

B. Open Comment Period

C. Administrative Matters

D. Enforcement Issues

E. Salmon Management

F. Groundfish Management

G. Habitat

H. Coastal Pelagic Species Management

I. Pacific Halibut Management

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

Advisory Body and Committee Agendas

Advisory Body and Committee Memos

Informational Reports, General Information, and Membership Roster

Informational Reports

  • Informational Report 1: NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy (NCSS) Western Regional Action Plan (WRAP); Draft version 20 March 2016

General Information, Chair’s Reception, Membership Roster

March 2016 Briefing Book

A. Call to Order

B. Open Comment Period

C. Habitat

D. Ecosystem Management

E. Salmon Management

F. Highly Migratory Species Management

G. Groundfish Management

H. Pacific Halibut Management

I. Administrative Matters

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

Ancillary Agendas

Committee and Advisory Body Memos

Informational Reports, General Information, and Membership Roster

Informational Reports

General Information, Chair’s Reception, Membership Roster

November 2015 Briefing Book

A. Call to Order

B. Open Comment Period

C. Enforcement Issues

D. Salmon Management

E. Habitat

F. Administrative Matters

G. Highly Migratory Species Management

H. Coastal Pelagic Species Management

I. Groundfish Management

J. Pacific Halibut Management

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

Ancillary Agendas

Committee and Advisory Body Memos

Informational Reports, General Information, and Membership Roster

Informational Reports

  • Informational Report 1: “Draft Guidance for Conducting Reviews of Catch Share Programs” — proposed by the National Marine Fisheries Service and distributed on October 1, 2015; AND “Draft Council Staff Comments on Draft Guidance for Conducting Reviews of Catch Share Programs”
  • Informational Report 2: Letter from WDFW to NMFS regarding responsibilities of NMFS as it relates to Tribal Fisheries usual and accustomed fishing grounds and groundfish essential fish habitat
  • Informational Report 3: Usual and Accustomed Fishing Areas Regulatory Update
  • Informational Report 4: Bycatch Reduction Engineering
    Program Grant Awards by Region (NOAA Fisheries Report)
  • Informational Report 5: Response letter from NMFS to PFMC regarding a request for information regarding the deep-set buoy gear exempted fishing permit that NMFS recently issued to the Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research
  • Informational Report 6: Operational Guidelines for the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Fishery Management Process, September 30, 2015 (Full Version Electronic Only)
  • Informational Report 7: Recommendations of the Permanent Advisory Committee to the United States Section to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission
  • Supplemental Informational Report 8: 19th Western Groundfish Conference, Newport, Oregon February 8-12, 2016
  • Supplemental Informational Report 9: Status Report of the 2015 Ocean Salmon Fisheries off Washington, Oregon, and California

General Information, Annual Banquet, Membership Roster

September 2015 Briefing Book

The Council meeting proposed agendas, agenda item situation summaries, and attachments, for the September 2015 Council Meeting are found below.  Committee and advisory body memos and agendas are also posted to this webpage.

A. Call to Order

B. Open Comment Period

C. Administrative Matters

D. Ecosystem Management

E. Salmon Management

F. Habitat

G. Highly Migratory Species Management

H. Groundfish Management

I. Pacific Halibut Management

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

Ancillary Agendas

Committee and Advisory Body Memos

  • Ecosystem Memo: Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel,Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup, and Interested Persons
  • Enforcement Memo: Enforcement Consultants
  • Groundfish Memo:  Groundfish Advisory Subpanel, Groundfish Management Team, and Groundfish Interested Persons
  • HMS Memo: Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel, Highly Migratory Species Management Team, and Interested Persons
  • Salmon Memo: Salmon Advisory Subpanel, Salmon Technical Team, Model Evaluation Workgroup, and Interested Persons
  • SSC Memo: Scientific and Statistical Committee

Informational Reports, General Information, and Membership Roster

Informational Reports

General Information, Chair’s Reception, Membership Roster

June 2015 Briefing Book

A. Call to Order

B. Open Comment Period

C. Habitat

D. Groundfish Management

E. Highly Migratory Species Management

F. Administrative Matters

G. Coastal Pelagic Species Management

H. Ecosystem Management

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

ANCILLARY AGENDAS

COMMITTEE AND ADVISORY BODY MEMOS

  • CPS Memo: Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team, Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel, and Interested Persons
  • Enforcement Memo: Enforcement Consultants
  • Groundfish Memo: Groundfish Advisory Subpanel, Groundfish Management Team, and Groundfish Interested Persons
  • HMS Memo: Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel, Highly Migratory Species Management Team, and Interested Persons
  • SSC Memo: Scientific and Statistical Committee

Informational Reports, General Information, and Membership Roster

INFORMATIONAL REPORTS

GENERAL INFORMATION, CHAIR’S RECEPTION, MEMBERSHIP ROSTER

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