Federal Register Notices: 2018

Notices published in the Federal Register relating to Pacific Fishery Management Council business (Date Published in the Federal Register Calendar Year 2018).

December

  • Final rule; correction: Correction to published rule that revised Federal regulations that currently restrict the use and configuration of bottom and midwater trawl gear for vessels fishing under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery’s Trawl Rationalization Program (December 27, 2018)
  • Final rule; correction: Correction to the final rule for Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery 2019–2020 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures (December 27, 2018)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: 2019 and 2020 Commercial Fishing Restrictions for Pacific Bluefin Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (December 27, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting (in-person plus webinar option): U.S. Stakeholder Meetings on North Pacific Albacore Management Strategy Evaluation (December 21, 2018)
  • Notice: Department of Commerce requesting comments on Marine Recreational Information Program Social Network In-Person Survey (December 21, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting (in-person and webinar): NMFS will hold U.S. Stakeholder Meetings on Pacific Bluefin Tuna Long-Term Management Framework (December 21, 2018)
  • Correction: Correction to the final rule that published on Monday December 3, 2018: This rule revises Federal regulations that currently restrict the use and configuration of bottom and midwater trawl gear for vessels fishing under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery’s Trawl Rationalization Program (December 14, 2018)
  • Final rule: Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2019–2020 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures (December 12, 2018)
  • Submission for OMB Review; Request for Comments: NOAA seeking comments for “Transshipment Requirements under the WCPFC” (December 11, 2018)
  • Modifications of fishing seasons: NMFS announces inseason Actions #12 through #37 West Coast salmon fisheries (December 11, 2018)
  • Notice: 2019 Annual Determination To Implement the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement (December 10, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a webinar (December 3, 2018)
  • Final rule: This rule revises Federal regulations that currently restrict the use and configuration of bottom and midwater trawl gear for vessels fishing under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery’s Trawl Rationalization Program (December 3, 2018)
  • Notice of fee rate adjustment: NMFS issues this notice to decrease the fee rate to 4.0 percent for the Pacific Coast Groundfish fee-share fishery (December 3, 2018)

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November

  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council and the NWFSC will hold a meeting via webinar to discuss data issues and solicit participants’ knowledge to inform new stock assessments for cabezon (November 27, 2018)
  • Notice; request for nominations: Nominations are being sought for appointment by the Secretary of Commerce to fill vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (November 23, 2018)
  • Submission of OMB Review; Request for Comments: Submission of Conservation Efforts to Make Listings Unnecessary Under the Endangered Species Act (November 21, 2018)
  • Notice: Department of Commerce requesting comments on “West Coast Fisheries Participation Survey” (November 20, 2018)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: MSA provisions; Regional Fishery Management Council membership “Financial Disclosure and Recusal” (November 16, 2018)
  • Notice: Department of Commerce is requesting comments and collecting information on “Designation of Fishery Management Council Members and Application for Reinstatement of State Authority” (November 15, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup will hold a webinar (November 8, 2018)
  • Temporary orders; inseason orders: Fraser River Sockeye Salmon fisheries (November 7, 2018)
  • Notice of open public meeting: meeting of the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (November 6, 2018)
  • Proposed rule: Shipping Act, Merchant Marine, and Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fishing Vessel, Fishing Facility and Individual Fishing Quota Lending Program (November 2, 2018)

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October

  • Notice; request for nominations: NMFS is seeking nominations for the 2019–2022 General Advisory Committee and the Scientific Advisory Subcommittee to the United States delegation to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (October 30, 2019)
  • Final rule: Implementing the decision in United States v. Washington, 2:09–sp–00001–RSM, (W.D. Wash. March 5, 2018) which revised the western boundaries of the U&A fishing areas of the Quileute Indian Tribe and Quinault Indian Nation (October 25, 2018)
  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet November 1-8, 2018 (October 16, 2018)
  • Notice of open public meeting: NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (October 12, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council will convene a webinar meeting of its Groundfish Management Team (October 12, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup will hold a meeting via webinar (October 10, 2018)
  • Final rule; inseason adjustments: Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2017–2018 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments (October 9, 2018)
  • Notice: DOC requesting comments on Vessel Monitoring System Requirements Under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention (October 3, 2018)
  • Notice: Extension of public scoping period for EIS pertaining to the U.S. Purse Seine Fishery in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (October 3, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Ad Hoc Climate Scenarios Investigation Committee will hold a webinar, which is open to the public (October 2, 2018)

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September

  • Final rule; inseason adjustments: Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2017–2018 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures (September 27, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting: Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (September 24, 2018)
  • Notice: California-Oregon- Washington Coastal Pelagic Fishery Economic Survey (September 19, 2018)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2019–20 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures (September 19, 2018)
  • Notice; request for comments and correction: Draft 2018 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports (September 18, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Highly Migratory Species Management Team will hold a webinar, which is open to the public (September 13, 2018)
  • Temporary rule; fishery closure: WCPFC closure of purse seine Fishery on the High Seas in 2018 (September 11, 2018)
  • Notice of Public Meeting: The Pacific Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team will hold a meeting that is open to the public (September 10, 2018)
  • Proposed rule, request for comments: NMFS proposes revising Federal regulations that restrict the use and configuration of bottom and midwater trawl gear for vessels fishing under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery’s Trawl Rationalization Program (September 7, 2018)
  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request: Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Vessel Information Family of Forms (September 4, 2018)

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August

  • Final rule; date of effectiveness for collection-of-information requirements: NMFS announces approval by the OMB of a collection-of-information requirement, which was contained in regulations implementing fishing limits in purse seine and longline fisheries, and other restrictions, for U.S. vessels used to fish for highly migratory species in the WCPO (August 30, 2018)
  • Notice; intent to prepare an EIS; announcement of public scoping period; request for comments: NMFS is gathering information necessary to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for future management actions for the U.S. purse seine fishery in the western and central Pacific Ocean (August 23, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting: NMFS announces a meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) on October 11–12, 2018 (August 23, 2018)
  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet September 5–12, 2018 (August 17, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup will hold a meeting via webinar (August 7, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Salmon Technical Team, Salmon Advisory Subpanel, and Model Evaluation Workgroup will hold a joint meeting (August 6, 2018)
  • Notice: NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce, has found that the following stocks are overfished or subject to overfishing: Klamath River fall-run Chinook salmon, Queets coho salmon, Juan de Fuca coho salmon, Snohomish coho salmon, and Sacramento River fall-run Chinook salmon are now overfished. Upper Columbia River summer-run Chinook salmon is now subject to overfishing (August 6, 2018)
  • Notice of open public meeting: NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee’s Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force to hold conference call (August 6, 2018)
  • Modifications of fishing seasons: NMFS announces inseason Actions #2 through #11 West Coast salmon fisheries (August 3, 2018)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Groundfish Management Team will convene a meeting via webinar (August 3, 2018)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council will convene a webinar meeting of its Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee (August 3, 2018)

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July

  • Notice of public meeting: Multiple sessions will be held by NOAA to discuss NOAA’s Implementation of the Department of Commerce 2018–2022 Strategic Plan; Note: West Coast session is Thursday, October 4, Seattle (July 25, 2018)
  • Proposed rule: US Fish and Wildlife Service and NMFS propose to revise portions of our regulations that implement section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended; revision of the regulations for listing species and designating critical habitat (July 25, 2018)
  • Proposed rule: US Fish and Wildlife Service and NMFS propose to amend portions of our regulations that implement section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended; revision of regulations for interagency cooperation (July 25, 2018)
  • Notice of public meetings (webinars): The Pacific Council’s Salmon Technical Team (STT) will hold a series of meetings via webinar to discuss the ongoing development of salmon rebuilding plans for Klamath River fall Chinook, Sacramento River fall Chinook, Strait of Juan de Fuca natural coho, Queets River natural coho, and Snohomish River natural coho (July 20, 2018)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Groundfish Subcommittee of the Pacific Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee will hold a meeting via webinar (July 19, 2018)
  • Notice of open meeting: NOAA’s Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee will meet via teleconference (July 18, 2018)
  • Final rule: WCPFC Fishing Limits in Purse Seine and Longline Fisheries, Restrictions on the Use of Fish Aggregating Devices in Purse Seine Fisheries, and Transshipment Prohibitions (July 18, 2018)
  • Notice; request for comments: NMFS has has made a preliminary determination that the California Wetfish Producers Association EFP warrants further consideration (July 18, 2018)
  • Notification; Request for Information: NMFS requests information from the public to support a national initiative to reform and streamline observer program insurance requirements (July 16, 2018)
  • Notice; request for nominations: As required by the MMPA, the Secretary of Commerce established three independent regional scientific review groups to provide advice on a range of marine mammal science and management issues (July 16, 2018)
  • Notice; response to comments: NMFS Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports (July 11, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council is sponsoring a meeting via webinar to review a new method proposed to improve catch estimation methods in sparsely sampled mixed stock fisheries (July 9, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team will hold a meeting via webinar that is open to the public (July 2, 2018)

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June

  • Request for comments: OMB requesting comments on Washington and Oregon Charter Vessel Survey (June 29, 2018)
  • Request for comments: OMB requesting comments on West Coast Limited Entry Groundfish Fixed Gear Economic Data Collection (June 29, 2018)
  • Final rule: NMFS issues this rule to implement annual management measures and catch limits for the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine, for the fishing year lasting from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019 (June 25, 2018)
  • Final rule – Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries: This final rule implements annual harvest specifications and management measures to establish allowable catch levels for Pacific mackerel for the fishing years 2017–2018 and 2018–2019 (June 21, 2018)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s adhoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee (SaMTAAC) will hold a meeting (June 13, 2018)
  • Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; request for comments: NMFS is considering whether to continue, or to revise, the management regime for fishing vessels that target tuna and other highly migratory fish species in the area of overlapping jurisdiction between the IATTC and the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the WCPFC in the tropical Pacific Ocean (June 12, 2018)
  • Withdrawal of notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement: NMFS is issuing this notice to advise Federal, state, and local government agencies and the public that it is withdrawing its Notice of Intent to prepare a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed action to revise regulations regarding the use and configuration of groundfish bottom trawl and midwater trawl gear in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery’s Trawl Catch Share Program, also called the Trawl Rationalization Program (June 8, 2018)
  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council’s Salmon Technical Team will hold a series of meetings to initiate the development of salmon rebuilding plans for Klamath River fall Chinook, Sacramento River fall Chinook, Strait of Juan de Fuca natural coho, Queets River natural coho, and Snohomish River natural coho – various locations (June 7, 2018)
  • Notice of open public meeting: This notice sets forth the proposed schedule and agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee June 26-27, 2018 in Portland, Oregon (June 7, 2018)
  • Renewed Charter: Notice is hereby given of the 2-year renewed charter for the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC), signed on April 12, 2018 (June 7, 2018)
  • Notice; request for comments: NMFS has determined that 14 HMS EFP applications warrant further consideration and is requesting public comment on the applications (June 6, 2018)
  • Notice a public meeting: NMFS Announces a Public Meeting in the Definition of Fish Aggregating Devices (June 5, 2018)
  • Notice of intent; extension of public comment period: NMFS is extending the public comment period for the Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS to inform its decision of whether to determine that a resource management plan jointly developed by WDFW and the Puget Sound Tribes meets requirements under Limit 6 of the ESA 4(d) rule for the ESA-listed Puget Sound Chinook salmon (June 5, 2018)
  • Modifications of fishing seasons: NMFS announces inseason Action #1 West Coast salmon fisheries (June 4, 2018)
  • Notice of open public meeting: Meeting of NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Commmittee’s Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force, Hood River, OR (June 1, 2018)

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May

  • Notice of public meeting: NMFS announces a public meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (May 23, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel and Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team will hold a meeting via webinar that is open to the public (May 22, 2018)
  • Notice; request for information: NMFS is seeking information regarding nations whose vessels are engaged in illegal, unreported, or unregulated fishing, bycatch, or shark fishing (May 22, 2018)
  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet June 7-13, 2018 in Spokane, Washington (May 22, 2018)
  • Notice; public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Groundfish Management Team will hold a webinar (May 16, 2018)
  • Final rule: Annual Specifications and Management Measures for the 2018 Tribal and Non-Tribal Fisheries for Pacific Whiting (May 15, 2018)
  • Notice of Intent: NOAA is asking for comments on the performance evaluation of the California Coastal Commission, part of the California Coastal Management Program (May 15, 2018)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: WCPFC HMS Fisheries – Fishing Limits in Purse Seine and Longline Fisheries, Restrictions on the Use of Fish Aggregating Devices in Purse Seine Fisheries, and Transshipment Prohibitions (May 10, 2018)
  • Final rule: 2018 Annual Determination To Implement the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement (May 10, 2018)
  • Notice: NWFSC and SWFSC are asking for comments on “Washington Steelhead Anglers Survey” (May 9, 2018)
  • Notice: Observer Programs’ Information That Can Be Gathered Only Through Questions (May 9, 2018)
  • Final rule: Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for Highly Migratory Species (May 7, 2018)
  • Notice of Intent: NMFS intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for co-managed Puget Sound Chinook salmon (May 3, 2018)
  • Request for comments: DOC and OMB asking for comments on West Coast Region Vessel Identification Requirements (May 3, 2018)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will host a meeting of the Council Coordination Committee (May 3, 2018)
  • Notice: DOC is asking for comments on Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Vessel Information Family of Forms (May 3, 2018)
  • Final rule; and a temporary rule for emergency action: Fishery management measures for the 2018 ocean salmon fisheries off Washington, Oregon, and California and the 2019 salmon seasons opening earlier than May 1, 2019; and a temporary rule for 2018 annual management measures for the area from the U.S./Canada border to Cape Falcon, OR, from May 1, 2018, through October 28, 2018 (May 1, 2018)

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April

  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Salmon Technical Team will hold a planning session via webinar to discuss the development of salmon rebuilding plans (April 26, 2018)
  • Final rule: NMFS issues a final rule to approve new fishery management measures to limit incidental catch of endangered Sacramento River winter run Chinook salmon in fisheries managed under the Pacific Council’s Salmon Fishery Management Plan (April 26, 2018)
  • Advanced notice of proposed rulemaking; request for comments: This notice provides information on a request by the Pacific Council to establish a control date of September 15, 2017 for the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery shorebased IFQ program (April 26, 2018)
  • Final rule; compliance date and lift of stay: NMFS is lifting the stay on inclusion of shrimp and abalone in the seafood traceability program (April 24, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (April 20, 2018)
  • Notice: Department of Commerce is asking the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the proposed “List of Gear by Fisheries and Fishery Management Council” (April 16, 2018)
  • Final Rule: Fishing Restrictions for Tropical Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean for 2018 to 2020 (April 11, 2018)
  • Notice: Submission for OMB Review – Monitoring Programs for Vessels in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery (April 10, 2018)
  • Notice: NOAA is requesting comments on the NWFSC’s Washington and Oregon Charter Vessel Survey (April 10, 2018)
  • Notice of public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Highly Migratory Species Management Team will hold a meeting, which is open to the public (April 3, 2018)

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March

  • Notice of open public meeting: The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee’s (MAFAC’s) Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force to meet (March 30, 2018)
  • Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; request for comment: Regulatory Amendments to Procedures for the Active and Inactive Vessel Register (March 29, 2018)
  • Final rule: authorizing the use of midwater long-leader gear for recreational fishing in waters seaward of a boundary line approximating the 40 fathoms depth contour off the coast of Oregon (March 29, 2018)
  • Final rule and notice of availability of a final supplemental EA: Revised 2018 Commercial Fishing Restrictions for Pacific Bluefin Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean; 2018 Catch Limit (March 28, 2018)
  • Final rule: Pacific Halibut Fisheries Catch Sharing Plan (March 26, 2018)
  • Notice of a public meeting: NMFS is holding a listening session to provide information and receive stakeholder input regarding an upcoming Pacific bluefin tuna management strategy evaluation workshop (March 26, 2018)
  • Interim final rule: Pacific Halibut Catch Limits for Area 2A Fisheries in 2018 (March 26, 2018)
  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet April 5-11, 2018 in Portland, OR (March 19, 2018)
  • Notice of availability: NMFS is publishing its final 2017 List of Foreign Fisheries, as required by the regulations implementing the Fish and Fish Product Import Provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (March 16, 2018)
  • Final Rule: NMFS is issuing regulations under the authority of the MSA to implement a March 2017 recommendation by the Pacific Council to amend the HMS FMP; the rule implements Amendment 5 to the HMS FMP and establishes a Federal LE permit system for the California/Oregon large-mesh DGN fishery (March 14, 2018)
  • Notice of a public meeting: NMFS announces a public meeting of the General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (March 12, 2018)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council is sponsoring a meeting to review a new method proposed to improve catch estimation methods in sparsely sampled mixed stock fisheries (March 12, 2018)
  • Final Rule: Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan 2018 annual management measures (March 9, 2018)
  • Notification: Plan for Periodic Review of Regulations (March 1, 2018)

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February

  • 90-Day petition finding, request for information, and initiation of status review: NMFS, announce a 90- day finding on a petition to list as threatened or endangered the Upper Klamath-Trinity Rivers Chinook salmon Evolutionarily Significant Unit (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) (February 27, 2018)
  • Proposed rule; reopening of public comment period: NMFS is reopening the public comment period on the proposed rule on requirements of the Vessel Monitoring System Type-Approval that published on December 5, 2017 (February 27, 2018)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: NMFS is proposing to revise regulations under the Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to implement Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Highly Migratory Species (February 27, 2018)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: NMFS proposes to approve new fishery management measures to limit incidental catch of endangered Sacramento River winter Chinook salmon in fisheries managed under the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Pacific Salmon Fishery Management Plan (February 22, 2018)
  • Notice: NMFS has received a request from the City of Astoria – taking marine mammals incidental to Astoria waterfront bridge replacement project (February 22, 2018)
  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet March 8-14, 2018 in Rohnert Park, CA (February 21, 2018)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Ad hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) will hold a one-day meeting in Rohnert Park, CA (February 21, 2018)
  • Final rule: NMFS is publishing this final rule to implement Amendment 16 of the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan (February 14, 2018)
  • Submission for OMB review: The Department of Commerce is requesting comments on “West Coast Region U.S. Pacific Highly Migratory Species Hook and Line Logbook” (February 14, 2018)
  • Temporary rule: reapportionment of tribal Pacific whiting allocation and widow rockfish allocation (February 12, 2018)
  • Notice of public meetings (webinars): The Pacific Council’s Groundfish Management Team will hold two webinars that are open to the public (February 12, 2018)
  • Final rule: List of Fisheries for 2018 (February 7, 2018)
  • Final rule: Inseason adjustments to biennial 2017-18 groundfish management measures (February 2, 2018)
  • Notice of open public meeting: Meeting of the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (February 2, 2018)

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January

  • Proposed rule; request for comments: Pacific Halibut Fisheries Catch Sharing Plan; NMFS proposes to approve changes to the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and codified regulations for the IPHC regulatory Area 2A off Washington, Oregon, and California (January 30, 2018)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council will hold a webinar meeting to review the 2018 update stock assessment for Pacific sardine (January 26, 2018)
  • Notice of a public meeting; information regarding the agenda: NMFS will host a meeting of the Council Coordination Committee (CCC), consisting of the Regional Fishery Management Council chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors on February 27–February 28, 2018 (January 26, 2018)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: 2018 Tribal Fishery for Pacific Whiting (January 24, 2018)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup will hold a webinar, which is open to the public (January 24, 2018)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel will hold a joint meeting via webinar that is open to the public (January 24, 2018)
  • Notice of public meetings (webinars): The Pacific Council is sponsoring a series of four webinars presenting information relevant to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan Initiative on Climate and Communities that are open to the public (January 24, 2018)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup will hold a webinar, which is open to the public (January 24, 2018)
  • Notice: DOC is asking for comments on Highly Migratory Species dealer reporting family of forms (January 23, 2018)
  • Notice of opportunities to submit public comments: The Pacific Council has announced its annual preseason management process for the 2018 ocean salmon fisheries (January 23, 2018)
  • Notice of availability of an amendment to a fishery management plan; request for comments: NMFS announces that the Pacific Council has submitted Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species for review by the Secretary of Commerce (January 23, 2018)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Groundfish Subcommittee of the Pacific Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee to hold webinar (January 22, 2018)
  • Notice; proposed information collection: The Department of Commerce is requesting comments on “Fishery Capacity Reduction Program Buyback Requests” (January 11, 2018)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council and the Southwest Fisheries Science Center will hold a meeting to conduct a methodology review of the NOAA acoustic-trawl survey methodology, conducted regularly to collect fisheries and oceanographic information in U.S. West Coast waters (January 11, 2018)
  • Notice; proposed information collection: The Department of Commerce is requesting comments on “Economic Survey of Recreational Steelhead Fishermen in Washington State” (January 11, 2018)
  • Proposed rule: NMFS issues this proposed rule to amend the regulations governing the fisheries for CPS off the West coast to include ACLs, which are the maximum allowable fishing levels for each year, for certain monitored finfish stocks (jack mackerel, central population of northern anchovy, northern subpopulation of northern anchovy) under the CPS FMP (January 9, 2018)
  • Final rule: NMFS issues this final rule to change the management of the Pacific whiting at-sea sectors’ allocations for darkblotched rockfish and Pacific ocean perch (POP) by managing the allocations as set-asides rather than as total catch limits, under the authority of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management FMP – Amendment 21-3, trawl rationalization program (January 8, 2018)

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