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March 2019 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 7-12, 2019 in Vancouver, Washington USA. The March 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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Draft proposed Council Operating Procedure 22 available for public review

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

The Draft proposed Council Operating Procedure 22 document was adopted for public review at the Council’s March 2019 meeting, and is tentatively scheduled for final approval at the September 2019 Council meeting in Boise, Idaho.  This revised COP 22, upon final approval, would apply to essential fish habitat (EFH) reviews to EFH review processes for all Council fishery management plan species.  Questions or comments may be addressed to Kerry Griffin (kerry.griffin@noaa.gov); phone:  503-820-2409.

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March 2019 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

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

  • Thursday, March 7, 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, March 8, 2019 through Tuesday, March 12, 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 March 6-12, 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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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:

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March 2019 E-Portal for Public Comments is now open

Friday, January 25th, 2019

The Public Comment E-Portal for the March Advanced Briefing Book is now open.  Visit the E-portal to submit your written comment. The deadline for the Advanced Briefing Book is February 7th, by 5pm.  All comments submitted by the deadline will be reviewed and posted to the E-Portal page on February 15, 2019.

Visit our Current Council Meeting page for more details.

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Feb 6-7, 2019 NMFS North Pacific Albacore MSE Mtg CANCELLED

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Due to the partial shutdown of the federal government, National Marine Fisheries Service West Coast Region is cancelling the February 6-7, 2019 meeting, to solicit public input on preliminary results of the North Pacific albacore Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) conducted by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific. Once the partial shutdown is over, NMFS will announce any arrangements to reschedule the meeting.

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Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Ecosystem and Highly Migratory Species Subcommittees to Hold Webinar January 7, 2019

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee’s (SSC) Ecosystem AND Highly Migratory Species Subcommittees will hold a meeting via webinar on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) or until business for the day has been completed.  The webinar meeting is open to the public.

Purpose of the Webinar

The purpose of the SSC Ecosystem and HMS Subcommittees’ meeting is to review analyses of drivers of albacore distribution and availability to fisheries in the California Current.  The review will focus on how these analyses may inform future reports to the Pacific Council, including reports from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Team.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/666423461  
  2. Please enter your name and email address (required)
  3. You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number: 1-872-240-3412 (not a toll-free number)
  4. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 666-423-461
  5. 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 GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to 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

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the Subcommittee 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 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup to Hold Meeting in Portland, OR January 15-16

Friday, December 7th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a meeting, which is open to the public. The meeting will be held Tuesday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  The meeting will start at 1:00 p.m. on January 15 and 8:30 a.m. on January 16 and will continue until 4:30 p.m. on both days.

The purpose of the meeting is for the EWG to discuss assignments from the Pacific Council due at the March Council meeting.  These include topic selection for a climate change scenario planning exercise and recommendations on changes to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan as part of the 5-year review.  The EWG will also meet with the Groundfish Management Team and Highly Migratory Species Management Team to discuss climate change scenario planning topics.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location

Hyatt Place Portland Airport/Cascade Station
Meeting Place 2
9750 NE Cascades Parkway
Portland, OR 97220
503-288-2808

Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the meeting will be received from attendees at the discretion of the EWG chair.

The 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 days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the meeting, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup to Hold Webinar Meeting December 18, 2018

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a meeting via webinar, which is open to the public.  The webinar will be held December 18, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time) or when business for the day has been completed.

Webinar Agenda

Purpose of the Webinar

The purpose of this webinar is for the EWG to receive presentations on completed climate change scenario planning exercises and discuss application of these methods as part of the Pacific Council’s Climate and Communities Initiative.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 543-769-955
  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) 655-0060 (not a toll-free number)
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 360-408-262
  6. 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 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 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the EWG webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204, extension 422.

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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.

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