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Pacific Council News Summer 2019: Coastal Pelagic Species

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Coastal Pelagic Species Shorts

Pacific sardine

Proposed sardine rules: On July 1, NMFS published harvest specifications and management measures for the 2019-2020 Pacific sardine fishing year based on Council recommendations at the April 2019 meeting. The biomass estimate of 27,547 metric tons (mt) places sardine in the “overfished” category, meaning the Council and NMFS must develop a rebuilding plan within two years after the “overfished” declaration is published by NMFS (July 9, 2019). This is the fifth year biomass was below the 150,000 mt cutoff value, meaning that directed commercial fishing will remain closed for the fifth straight year. The live bait fishery will be allowed to target sardines until 2,500 mt have been landed, at which point a 1-mt landing cap will apply. Once the annual catch target of 4,000 mt is attained, all fisheries will be limited to a 1-mt incidental landing allowance.  

Category change: The “active” and “monitored” categories currently used in the Coastal Pelagic Species Management Plan will be eliminated and replaced with individual descriptions of the management approach for each stock, as directed by the Council in June. The Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Council staff are expected to produce a draft revised fishery management plan for consideration at the June 2020 Council meeting.

New prioritization process: A new process for prioritizing coastal pelagic species stock assessments will begin in November 2020, to inform stock assessment priorities beginning in 2022. This biennial process will allow for revisions in intervening years based on new information, and will help with data review and research planning. Pacific sardine will undergo a benchmark assessment in 2020, and the central subpopulation of northern anchovy will be assessed in 2021.

Central Subpopulation of Northern Anchovy harvest specifications:  On May 31, NMFS published a final rule establishing a new overfishing limit, acceptable biological catch, and annual catch limit for the central subpopulation of northern anchovy. The finalized reference points include an overfishing limit of 94,290 mt, and an annual catch limit of 23,573 mt (down from the 25,000 mt in recent years). The harvest specifications are effective July 1 for the remainder of the January 1 through December 31 fishing year.

Pacific mackerel

Final Action on Pacific Mackerel Assessment, Harvest Specifications, and Management

In June the Council adopted the 2019 Pacific mackerel stock assessment, reference points and management measures for 2019-2020 and the 2020-2021 fisheries. These include the specifications  in the table below, and the following management measures: if the directed fishery reaches the annual catch target, it will close and shift to an incidental-only fishery for the remainder of the fishing year, with a 45 percent incidental landing allowance when Pacific mackerel are landed with other coastal pelagic species (CPS); in non-CPS fisheries, up to 3 mt of Pacific mackerel per landing may be landed.  

Proposed 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Pacific Mackerel Harvest Specifications

2019-2020 2020-2021
Biomass 71,099 56,058
OFL 14,931 11,772
ABC0.45  (Tier 2) 13,169 10,289
ACL (=ABC) 13,169 10,289
HG 11,109 7,950
ACT 10,109 6,950
Incidental 1,000 1,000

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June 2019 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met June 20-25, 2019 in San Diego, California. The June 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.

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Quick link to the June 2019 Briefing Book!

Friday, June 14th, 2019

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June 19-25, 2019 PFMC Meeting Fast Facts

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

The June 19-25, 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).

If you have additional questions regarding the June 19-25, 2019 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:

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June 2019 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

The June 2019 Council meeting will be live‐streamed on the internet during the following hours:

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019: beginning at approximately 9:00 AM Pacific Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete
  • Friday, June 21, 2019 through Tuesday, June 25, 2019: 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 June 2019 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

  1. http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 634-645-459
  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 to listen to the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (562) 247-8422 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone attendee audio access code: 532-691-006; 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.

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NOAA General Counsel seeking comments on Penalty Policy by June 3, 2019

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announces the availability of draft revisions to NOAA’s Policy for the Assessment of Civil Administrative Penalties and Permit Sanctions (Penalty Policy) for public review and comment.

The draft revisions to the Penalty Policy will remain available for public review until June 3, 2019. To ensure that comments will be considered, NOAA must receive written comments by June 3, 2019.

Please see the Federal Register notice dated May 2, 2019 to view the draft Penalty Policy and to view instructions on how to comment.

For further information, please contact NOAA staff member Meggan Engelke-Ros at 301-427-2202.

 

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Comment Solicited on Draft Council Operating Procedure 27: Process for Initiating Allocation Reviews

Monday, May 13th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is soliciting public comment on a new Council Operating Procedure that will specify the process for initiating allocation reviews, including identification of trigger criteria for a review.  This draft was developed at the April 2019 Council meeting in response to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) procedural and policy directives.  An allocation review involves an assessment of the performance of the inter-sector allocations the Council recommends under its fishery management plans and catch sharing plans.  Such an assessment might lead the Council to conclude that a current allocation is performing well or that revisions should be considered.

The full set of NMFS directives to which the Council is responding is available in the April 2019 briefing book materials (Agenda Item D.4).  Procedural Directive 01-119-01 identifies three general types of allocation review triggers: public interest-based, time-based, and indicator-based (see pages 7-15, of the procedural directive).

The Council is scheduled to finalize  draft operating procedure 27 at its June 2019 meeting.  Comment on Draft Council Operating Procedure 27 should be submitted through the Council’s June 2019 Council meeting public comment e-portal.  Comments submitted by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 23, 2019 will be received by Council members as part of their advance briefing book materials for the June meeting.

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April 2019 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met April 11-16, 2019 in Rohnert Park, California. The April 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.

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Pacific Mackerel 2019 Stock Assessment Review Panel to Convene in La Jolla, CA April 23-25, 2019

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel to review the 2019 Pacific mackerel stock assessment.  The meeting is open to the public, and will be held Tuesday, April 23, 2019 through Thursday, April 25, 2019.  The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, on April 23 and 8 a.m. on April 24-25, and continue until 5 p.m. each day or when business has been concluded that day.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review the 2019 stock assessment for Pacific mackerel, which will be used to set annual harvest specifications and management measures for two fishing years (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, and July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021). The review panel will consist of three members of the Pacific Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Subcommittee on Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS), and one independent expert. Representatives of the Council’s CPS Management Team and the CPS Advisory Subpanel will also participate in the review as advisers.

Agenda

Location

The meeting will be held at the following location:

Pacific Conference Room
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
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 least ten days prior to the meeting date.

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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Quick Link to April 2019 Briefing Book

Monday, April 8th, 2019

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