Coastal Pelagic Species blog

NMFS publishes proposed “List of Fisheries for 2018”; requests comments by November 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2018, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2018 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 12, 2017 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by November 13, 2017.

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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Advisory Subpanel to Meet Via Webinar Tuesday, November 7

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) will hold a public meeting, via webinar, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time), or until business for the day has been completed.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss items on the agenda of the Council meeting, being held November 14–20, 2017 in Costa Mesa, California.  These may include exempted fishing permit proposals, methodology review proposals, and administrative matters.  The CPSAS and CPSMT may develop reports to the Council on those items.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link: https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 486-474-157
  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  646-749-3131)
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code (486-474-157)
  6. Enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Technical Information

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, 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
503-820-2280
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. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-280-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

Public comments during the webinar will be accepted from attendees at the discretion of the chairs of the CPSMT and CPSAS.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409; toll-free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 409.

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Notice for Exempted Fishing Permit Proposals and Methodology Review Proposals

Friday, September 29th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) announces the opportunity to submit exempted fishing permit (EFP) proposals and methodology review proposals, to support U.S. West Coast fisheries science and research in 2018. Proposals for both EFPs and methodology reviews should be submitted by the November Council meeting public comment deadline of 5 p.m. Pacific time on October 19, 2017.

EFP proposals must follow the process described in Council Operating Procedure 23, which requires a description of the EFP research activities, the general timing, the amount of fish being requested, general survey/method protocols, and the purpose of the EFP research. Please read Council Operating Procedure 23 for more details.

For methodology review proposals, proponents must follow the procedures described on page 5 of the Council’s Terms of Reference for Methodology Reviews, which requires the title, the name of proposers (including the researchers who will participate at the methodology review and will be expected to conduct analyses during that review), how the proposed methodology will improve assessment and management for the stock(s) in question, and an outline of methods (field and analytical).

Proposals will be considered at the November 14-20, 2017 Council meeting, and proponents may be asked to submit a more detailed proposal for final approval at the March 2018 Council meeting.  To submit proposals, email to pfmc.comments@noaa.gov.  For questions or more information, contact Mr. Kerry Griffin (telephone:  503-820-2409; email: Kerry.Griffin@noaa.gov).

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September 2017 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 13-18, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. The September 2017 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.

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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Meet October 3-5 in La Jolla, CA

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT), October 3-5, 2017, in La Jolla, California.

The CPSMT meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 3 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 purpose of the meeting is to discuss several items relevant to coastal pelagic species (CPS) management.  These include CPS Fishery Management Plan housekeeping updates, anchovy abundance and reference points, completion of the CPS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document, future meeting planning, and administrative items.  Public comment may be taken at the discretion of the CPSMT Chair.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location

The meetings will be held at the following location:

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Krill Conference 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.

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PRELIMINARY SEPTEMBER 2017 DRAFT MOTIONS IN WRITING

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Cautionary Note — These preliminary motions do not represent the final official administrative record. The motions and amendments contained in this blog are as projected on the screen at the Council meeting at the time of the Council vote and often use expedited language and references without the benefit of any final editing or proofing. They may use short-hand language or abbreviations that may not be clear without the context of verbal comments and clarifications made during their development at the meeting, or may contain inadvertent transposition errors. They have not been approved by the Council to represent the final official record of Council action. The final official record will be posted on the Council website after the Council approves the full meeting record at a future Council meeting.

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Agenda and materials available for the September 6, 2017 CPSAS conference call

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Agenda and materials available for the September 6, 2017 CPSAS conference call.

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September 2017 Council Meeting Fast Facts

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

The September 11-18, 2017 Council Meeting “Fast Facts” are available. Fast Facts are answers to FAQs that can help you get oriented for the upcoming meeting (transportation, internet code, hotel map).

If you have additional questions regarding the September 11-18, 2017 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:

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September 2017 Briefing Book Available Online

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Briefing Book for the September 11-18, 2017 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “September 2017 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:

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Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel to Hold Conference Call September 6

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) will hold a meeting via conference call that is open to the public.  The conference call will be held Wednesday, September 6, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m or until business for the day has been completed.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and consider 1) a draft of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s  Acoustic-Trawl Survey Methodology Review Terms of Reference for coastal pelagic species stocks; and 2) the Ecosystem Workgroup Report on Fishery Ecosystem Plan Initiatives: Scoping and Selection.  Both topics are to be considered at the September Council meeting, and the CPSAS may develop supplemental reports on these topics. The CPSAS will also discuss future meeting planning, and public comment may be taken at the discretion of the CPSAS Co-Chairs.

Conference Call Agenda and Materials

Conference Call Dial-In Number

To attend the conference call, dial this toll-free number:  866-692-4538; enter participant code 2366028.

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
503-820-2280
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. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-280-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the conference call, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409; toll-free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 409.

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