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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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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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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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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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Announcing the FY18 Saltonstall-Kennedy Federal Funding Opportunity

Friday, August 11th, 2017

August 11 is the start of the Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) Grant Program application solicitation for FY 2018; continuing with the early “pre-proposal” grant process from FY 2017 that will reduce the burden of preparing full proposals on projects that do not meet program criteria. Pre-proposals will be accepted for 60 days, August 11 through October 10, 2017. To maximize time and familiarity, NOAA Fisheries will conduct at least two public webinars for interested stakeholders to walk them through the process and answer any questions.

Briefly, the “pre-proposal” process is a required step that will provide applicants with early clarification from NOAA as to the technical merits and relevancy of their project. This step provides applicants an early indication of their project’s eligibility before going through the more intensive process of developing a full project proposal.

The 2018 priority focus areas were modified. This year, the priority focus areas are Marine Aquaculture; Adapting to Environmental Changes and Other Long Term Impacts in Marine Ecosystems; Promotion, Development, and Marketing; and Territorial Science.

Grant awards are dependent on the availability of Federal funding as provided in enacted Appropriations Acts.
This FFO is being released prior to final appropriations due to award process timeframes. While the FY 2018 President’s budget proposed $0 for this program, final Congressional direction has not been determined. As stated clearly in the FFO, applicants are not guaranteed any level of funding.

For a full listing of the priority focus areas, the pre-proposal process and all other relevant information, please visit NOAA’s SK Grants page or please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=Saltonstall for the Federal Funding Opportunity.

For more information, please contact the National S-K Manager, Daniel Namur at dan.namur@noaa.gov, telephone: (301) 427-8730, or any of the Regional Managers listed in the FFO.

This information posted as a courtesy to NOAA.

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September 11-18, 2017 Council Meeting Agenda and Meeting Notice now available

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

September 11-18, 2017 Council Meeting Agenda and Meeting Notice now available!

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Reminder: The Council is seeking nominations for it’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (At-Large Seat)

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

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Request for Nominations: Scientific and Statistical Committee At-Large Seat

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill a vacant At-Large seat on its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) for the 2016-2018 advisory body term.

The Council relies on its SSC for independent, objective advice and analysis about verifiable scientific evidence and theoretical methodologies regarding west coast fishery management approaches and practices. The successful candidate should have knowledge of west coast fisheries and strong scientific expertise in statistics, biology, ecosystem dynamics, economics, fisheries management, population dynamics, fishery-related social science, or other related fields. At this time the Council is particularly interested in candidates experienced in stock assessment.

To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

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An agenda and materials are now available for today’s (June 19) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup webinar

Monday, June 19th, 2017

An agenda and materials are now available for today’s (June 19) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup webinar.

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