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March 6-12, 2019 PFMC Meeting Fast Facts

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

The March 6-12, 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 (transportation options, internet code, hotel map).

March 2019 Council Meeting Fast Facts

If you have additional questions regarding the March 6-12, 2019 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:


March 2019 Briefing Book available online

Friday, February 15th, 2019

The Briefing Book for the March 6-12, 2019  Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “March 2019 Briefing Book” webpage. The Briefing Book contains the meeting agenda, “situation summaries” (brief summaries that provide background for each agenda item), reports and materials for each agenda item, and written public comment. Advisory body and committee agendas and memos are also available.

For further information:


Reminder of supplemental public comment deadline: 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Written public comments must be submitted to our Public Comment Electronic Portal (E-Portal).

The supplemental public comment deadline is 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

Please visit the March 2019 Council Meeting E-portal to submit your Supplemental written comment.  Select the agenda item you are interested in commenting on and either enter your comments in the text box, or upload a file containing your comments in .pdf format. 

If you have additional questions regarding the Pacific Fishery Management Council E-Portal for Public Comment:


Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel to Meet Via Webinar, March 1

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) will hold a joint meeting via webinar that is open to the public. The webinar will be held Friday, March 1, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., or until business has been completed.

Purpose of the Webinar

The primary purpose of this webinar is to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its March 2019 meeting.  The focus of the webinar will be the review of documents and technical analyses in support of the Pacific Council’s proposed March 2019 agenda item, “Comments on Court Ordered Rulemaking on Harvest Specifications for the Central Subpopulation of Northern Anchovy.” The CPSMT and the CPSAS may also address assignments relating to coastal pelagic species management and ecosystem and administrative matters on the Pacific Council’s March 2019 agenda.  A detailed agenda for the webinar will be available on the Pacific Council’s website prior to the meeting.  No management actions will be decided by the CPSMT or the CPSAS.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 463-062-003
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)
  4. You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (415) 930-5321 (not a toll-free number)
  5. Then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 221-470-652
  6. Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

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 or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 411 for technical assistance.

Public Listening Station

A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the CPS chairs.

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-280-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

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


Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) meeting originally scheduled next week has been modified due to Partial Government Shutdown

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

The Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) meeting originally scheduled for January 22-24 at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center will take place on a modified basis.  Please note the start time and days, which have both changed.  Although we will likely not have participation from our Federal members, the team is committed to moving forward on tasks and products due in the next few months.  The meeting is open to the public.


CPSMT January 22-23. 2019 DRAFT Agenda  (version 1/15/19)

When: Tuesday 1/22 8:30am – 5pm and Wednesday 1/23 8:30am – 12pm
Where: Buzzelli/Loeb room of the Scripps Seaside Forum, 8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA 92037.
Additional information including parking info and a map can be found here.

Please contact Kerry Griffin ( with any questions.


Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Hold Meeting January 22-24, 2019 in La Jolla, CA

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT), January 22-24, 2019, in La Jolla, California.  This meeting is open to the public.

The CPSMT meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Tuesday, January 22 and 8:30 a.m. each other day.  The meeting will adjourn each day at 5 p.m., or when business for the day has been completed.

Meeting Purpose

The meeting is a CPSMT work session with the purpose of developing materials for consideration at the Pacific Council’s April and June meetings.  Topics may include CPS management categories, stock assessment prioritization, the Council Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document, and other items.  An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting on the Pacific Council website. Public comment may be taken at the discretion of the CPSMT Chair.

Meeting Location

The meetings will be held at the following location: (see updated blog post)

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Stenella Room
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Telephone: 858-546-7000
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. Dale Sweetnam at 858-546-7170 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

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


Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Winter 2018

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

The Winter 2018 issue of Pacific Council Newsletter is now available on the Council’s website. This newsletter reports mainly on decisions made at the November 2018 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding Pacific Council News, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.


Nominations sought for open positions on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee — accepted through December 24, 2018

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

NOAA Fisheries is seeking nominations to fill vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC).  MAFAC advises the Secretary of Commerce on all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce.  The Committee draws on its members’ expertise and other sources to evaluate and make recommendations to the Secretary and NOAA on the development and implementation of Department regulations, policies, and programs critical to the mission and goals of the NOAA Fisheries Service.

MAFAC members represent a wide spectrum of fisheries, protected resources, and marine habitat interests; tribal, seafood, environmental, academic, consumer, and other related national interests. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in one of these fields and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings and between-meeting subcommittee work.  Individuals serve for a term of three years, and if re-appointed, may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

A MAFAC member cannot be a Federal employee, a member of a Regional Fishery Management Council, a registered Federal lobbyist, or a State employee.  Membership is voluntary, and except for reimbursable travel and related expenses, service is without pay. The committee functions solely as an advisory body (complying fully with the Federal Advisory Committee Act) which reports to the Secretary.

Full nomination instructions and guidelines are details in the Federal Register notice and on this MAFAC webpage.

For more information please contact Jennifer Lukens, Executive Director of MAFAC, or Heidi Lovett, Assistant Director,

This information posted at the request of Alan Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, NOAA.

November 2018 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 3-8, 2018 in San Diego, California. The November 2018 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.


Pacific Fishery Management Council Appoints Advisory Body Members for the 2019-2021 Term

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

The Council appreciates all of the nominees’ interest and willingness to serve.  The Council reviewed the nominations and appointed Advisory Body representatives to the following positions for the 2019-2021 Advisory Body term.  Additionally, the Council increased the number of California Sport positions on the Salmon Advisory Subpanel from one to two.

The Council will solicit nominations for most of the remaining vacancies, including two at-large positions on the Scientific and Statistical Committee, after the November 2018 Council meeting for consideration at the March 2019 Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington.  Visit the Council’s Advisory Body Vacancies web page for details.

Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel:

California Commercial (3 Positions)

Mr. David Crabbe

Mr. David Haworth

Mr. Nick Jurlin

Oregon Commercial

Mr. Ryan Kapp

Washington Commercial

Mr. Daniel Crome

California Processor

Ms. Diane Pleschner-Steele

Oregon Processor

Mr. Mike Okoniewski

Washington Processor

Mr. Albert Carter

California Sport/Charter

Mr. Steve Crooke


Ms. Gillian Lyons

Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel:

California (3 At-large Positions)

Dr. Pete Adams

Ms. Corey Ridings

Mr. Donald Maruska

Oregon (3 At-large Positions)

Mr. Scott McMullen

Ms. Gway Rogers-Kirchner

Dr. Andrew Thurber

Washington (3 At-large Positions)

Mr. Paul Dye

Dr. Terrie Klinger

Mr. Nate Stone

Groundfish Advisory Subpanel:

Fixed Gear (3 At-large)

Mr. Bob Alverson

Ms. Michele Longo-Eder

Mr. Gerry Richter

Bottom Trawl

Mr. Travis Hunter

Mid-Water Trawl

Mr. Jeff Lackey

At-Large Trawl (2 Positions)

Mr. Kevin Dunn

Ms. Sarah Nayani

Open Access South of Cape Mendocino

Mr. Daniel Platt

Open Access North of Cape Mendocino

Mr. Jeffery Miles

Processors (2 At-large Positions)

Ms. Susan Chambers

Mr. Tom Libby

At-Sea Processor

Mr. Daniel Waldeck

California Charter South of Point Conception

Mr. Merit McCrea

California Charter North of Point Conception

Mr. Robert Ingles

Oregon Charter

Mr. Loren Goddard

Washington Charter

Mr. Thomas Burlingame

Sport Fisheries (3 At-large Positions)

Mr. John Holloway

Mr. Tom Marking

Mr. Dale Meyer


Mr. Shems Jud

Tribal Fisheries

Mr. Steve Joner

Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel:

Commercial Troll

Mr. Wayne Heikkila

Commercial Purse Seine

Mr. Michael Conroy

Commercial Gillnet

Mr. Gary Burke

Commercial Fisheries (2 At-large Positions)

Mr. Douglas Fricke

Mr. William Sutton

Processor South of Cape Mendocino

Mr. Dave Rudie

Processor North of Cape Mendocino

Ms. Nancy Fitzpatrick

California Charter Boat

Mr. Mike Thompson

Washington/Oregon Charter Boat

Ms. Linda Buell

Private Sport

Mr. Bob Osborne


Ms. Melissa Mahoney

Public At-large

Ms. Pamela Tom


Mr. Austen Brown

Salmon Advisory Subpanel:

California Troll

Mr. John Koeppen

Oregon Troll

Mr. Darus Peake

Washington Troll

Mr. Greg Mueller

Commercial Gillnet Fishery

Mr. Greg Johnson


Mr. Gerald Reinholdt

California Charter Boat

Mr. John Atkinson

Oregon Charter Boat

Mr. Mike Sorensen

Washington Charter Boat

Mr. Butch Smith

California Sport (2 positions)

Mr. Jim Yarnall

Mr. James Stone

Oregon Sport

Mr. Richard Heap

Washington Sport

Mr. Dave Johnson

Idaho Sport

Dr. Richard Scully

California Tribal

Mr. Dave Hillemeier


Ms. Megan Mueller

Habitat Committee:

Commercial Fishing Industry

Mr. Noah Oppenheim

Sport Fishing Industry

Ms. Liz Hamilton


Mr. Tom Rudolph

California Tribal

Mr. Justin Alvarez

At-large (2 Positions)

Dr. Scott Heppell

Mr. Stephen Scheiblauer

Scientific and Statistical Committee:

At-Large (8 Positions, 2 Vacancies Remain)

Dr. Aaron Berger

Dr. Michael Harte

Dr. Dan Holland

Dr. André Punt

Dr. William Satterthwaite

Dr. Rishi Sharma

Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee

Conservation Representative

Ms. Melissa Mahoney