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November 1-8, 2018 PFMC Meeting Fast Facts

Friday, October 19th, 2018

The November 1-8, 2018 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).

November 2018 PFMC Meeting Fast Facts

If you have additional questions regarding the November 1-8, 2018 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:



November 2018 Briefing Book available online

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

The Briefing Book for the November 1-8, 2018  Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “November 2018 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:


Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Fall 2018

Friday, October 5th, 2018

The Fall 2018 issue of Pacific Council Newsletter is now available on the Council’s website. This newsletter reports mainly on decisions made at the September 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.


Council Announces New Comment E-Portal

Monday, October 1st, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is proud to announce our new electronic public comment portal (E-Portal).

Starting today, our new E-Portal is in beta testing for the November 2018 Council Meeting. Public comments will still be accepted via, but we strongly encourage using the new E-Portal. By the March 2019 Council meeting, the E-Portal will be the only way to submit public comments electronically (paper submissions via mail or fax will be manually entered into the E-Portal by Council staff for the record).

Get to know the E-Portal (link to slideshow, instructions, and YouTube video):

Link to E-portal Demonstration

Link to instructional YouTube video

Link to the new E-Portal (bookmark this page)

If you have questions regarding the E-Portal, please contact Kris Kleinschmidt, PFMC IT Staff, at 503-820-2411.


Reminder! Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Meet September 26-28 in Portland, OR

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Meet September 26-28 in Portland, OR


Council Seeking Nominations for 2019-2021 Advisory Body Terms (nominations have been EXTENDED, and are now due no later than 5 pm, October 23, 2018)

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking qualified candidates to serve on advisory subpanels and committees regarding West Coast marine fishing and habitat issues for the 2019-2021 term. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m., Pacific Time, Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

Please visit the Council’s webpage “Nominations for 2019-2021 Advisory Body Terms” to download the necessary nomination forms and the full detailed announcement.


September 2018 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, September 17th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 7-12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The September 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.


Quick Link to the September 2018 Briefing Book

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Quick Link to the September 2018 Briefing Book:


September 2018 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

The September 2018 Council meeting will be live‐streamed on the internet during the following hours:

  • Friday, September 7, 2018: beginning at approximately 10:00 AM Pacific Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete
  • Saturday, September 7, 2018 through Wednesday, September 12, 2018: 8:00 AM Pacific Time, ending daily at approximately 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete

Only the audio portion and presentations displayed on the screen at the Council meeting will be broadcast. The audio portion is listen‐only; you will be unable to speak to the Council via the broadcast.

For agenda item topics and meeting information, please see the September 5-12, 2018 Council meeting webpage.

Please Note: The GotoMeeting broadcast is not a substitute for attending the Council meeting in-person. We strive to make this service fully available, but due to unforeseen technical issues (internet/power outages, GoToMeeting service issues, etc), this service may not be available during portions of the Council meeting.

Instructions to join the meeting in “listen-only” mode

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode by visiting this link:

  2. Enter the Webinar ID – The PFMC meetings 2018 Webinar ID is: 530-089-227
  3. Please enter your email address (required)

This is a “listen only” broadcast, you may use your computer speakers or headset to listen.

If you do not have a headset or computer speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-562-247-8321 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone attendee audio access code: 240-052-611; then enter the Audio Pin: Shown after joining the webinar. The webinar is broadcast in “listen only” mode.

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 for technical assistance.

MP3 Audio Files

Approximately five business days after the meeting has ended, you may visit the “Past Meetings” webpage where you will find links to the MP3 and WAV files.


Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Meet September 26-28 in Portland, OR

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT), September 26-28, 2018, in Portland, Oregon.

The CPSMT meeting will begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26 and 8 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 Agenda

Meeting Purpose

The meeting is a CPSMT work session with the purpose of developing materials for consideration at the Pacific Council’s November 1-8, 2018 meeting in San Diego, California. Topics may include the live bait fishery allowance Fishery Management Plan amendment, 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.

Meeting Location

The meetings will be held at the following location:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
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 503-820-2411 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.