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Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Fisheries Analysis and Assessment Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Dr. Will White, Oregon State University (OSU), seeks a postdoctoral scholar in fisheries stock assessment. This is a full-time 12-month Postdoctoral Scholar position located in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station in Newport, Oregon. The position is funded by the Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Information about the postdoctoral scholar appointment can be found on the OSU website at:

For full consideration, applicants must apply by January 20, 2020. Please contact Dr. Will White via email: for further information.

This position announcement posted as a courtesy to Dr. Will White, OSU. OSU is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.


Request for nominations for vacancies on the Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel, the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel, the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel, and the Scientific and Statistical Committee (deadline February 10, 2020)

Friday, January 10th, 2020


Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Hold Meeting February 4-6, 2020 in La Jolla, CA

Friday, December 20th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a meeting of the Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT), February 4 through 6, 2020, in La Jolla, California.  This meeting is open to the public.

The CPSMT meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time each day and will continue until 5 p.m., or when business for the day has been completed.

Meeting Purpose

The primary purposes of the meeting are to develop a draft rebuilding plan for the Pacific sardine, develop draft CPS Fishery Management Plan amendatory language, and consider a schedule and timeline for further evaluation of management options for the central subpopulation of northern anchovy, all for Pacific Council consideration at future meetings.  Other CPS, administrative, or ecosystem topics may be discussed as well.  Public comment may be taken at the discretion of the CPSMT Chair.

Meeting Location

The meeting will be held at the following location:

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Buzzelli/Loeb Room in the Scripps Seaside Forum
8622 Kennel Way
La Jolla, California 92037
Telephone: 858-246-5511
Driving Directions

Additional Information

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the meeting, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409; or toll free 1-866-806-7204.


Pacific Council News: Winter 2019 Coastal Pelagic Species Stories

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Two Coastal Pelagic Species Exempted Fishing Permits Forwarded

In November the Council adopted two proposals to extend current exempted fishing permits for public review. 

The California Wetfish Producers Association proposes aerial survey work in southern California, in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  They also plan to work cooperatively with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) acoustic-trawl survey team to extend acoustic sampling into nearshore waters that are too shallow for the NOAA vessel. The West Coast Pelagic Conservation Group, in collaboration with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and NOAA, proposed acoustic sampling survey work and biological sampling in the Pacific Northwest, also in nearshore waters. Both proposals are aimed at complementing the NOAA survey work to get more accurate estimates of CPS biomass.

The Council is scheduled to give final approval at the April 2020 meeting. 

Management Process for Central Population of Northern Anchovy Considered

At its November meeting, the Council considered a report on a potential framework for a more regular review and evaluation of available information, which then could lead to adjustments in harvest reference points and stock assessments for the central subpopulation of northern anchovy (CSNA). Currently the CSNA is classified as a “monitored” stock. This means the Council tracks trends in landings and compares them to available abundance data, but there are no regular stock assessments or adjustments to target harvest levels. Members of the coastal pelagic species advisory bodies and the Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Coastal Pelagic Species Subcommittee met with the Southwest Fisheries Science Center to discuss these issues in October.

The Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team is considering the process for revisiting management reference points for the CSNA, and will report back to the Council at the April 2020 meeting to recommend a schedule for further consideration of the draft framework.

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November 2019 Decision Summary Document available online

Monday, November 25th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 15-20, 2019 in Costa Mesa, California. The November 2019 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document contains the highlights of significant decisions made at that meeting. Results of agenda items that do not reach a level of highlight significance are typically not described in the Decision Summary Document.


Request for proposal for Audit/Tax Services

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Request for proposal for Audit/Tax Services (October 30, 2019)

PFMC 2019 RFP Audit Services

Pacific Fisheries Response to Questions – Auditor Request for Proposal

Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is soliciting proposals from qualified certified public accounting firms to provide audit and tax preparation services. The anticipated contract period for this engagement will be for the audit for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019, with an option to extend for each of the four (4) subsequent years. These audits are to be performed in accordance with Generally Accepted Audit Standards; the standards set forth for financial audits in the Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States of America; and the Audit requirements of Title 2 U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

For questions and RFP information, please contact Ms. Patricia Crouse at the Council office; 503-820-2408


October 30, 2019 Request for Proposals will be posted online
December 13, 2019 Notice of Intent to submit RFP
January 16, 2020 Deadline for Proposals


November 2019 PFMC Meeting Fast Facts

Monday, October 28th, 2019

The November 14-20, 2019 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting “Fast Facts” are available. Fast Facts are answers to FAQs that can help you get oriented for the upcoming meeting.

November 14-20, 2019 PFMC Meeting Fast Facts

If you have additional questions regarding the November 14-20, 2019 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:


November 2019 Briefing Book available online

Friday, October 25th, 2019


NMFS publishes proposed “List of Fisheries for 2020”; requests comments by November 11, 2019

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2020, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2020 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan requirements.

Please see the Federal Register notice dated October 10, 2019 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by November 11, 2019.


The Public Comment E-Portal for the November 2019 Council Meeting is now open

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019