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PRELIMINARY DRAFT SEPTEMBER 2019 MOTIONS IN WRITING

Friday, September 13th, 2019

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 2019 PFMC Meeting Fast Facts

Monday, August 26th, 2019

The September 11-18, 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).

September 13-18, 2019 PFMC Meeting Fast Facts

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September 2019 Briefing Book available online

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

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September 11-18, 2019 Council Meeting in Boise, Idaho (meeting information)

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

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Detailed agenda and meeting notice available for the September 11-18, 2019 Council meeting in Boise, Idaho

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

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September 2019 Briefing Book public comment deadlines

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

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Council Plans Transition for Non-Indian Commercial Area 2A Halibut Fishery; New Season-Setting Process Begins

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting public comment on structuring the Area 2A (West Coast) non-Indian directed commercial halibut fishery for the upcoming year. The public is encouraged to comment at the September and November 2019 Council meetings as management of this halibut fishery transitions from the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) to the Council.

In June, the Council committed to working closely with the IPHC and stakeholders on the transition. The Council will focus on a smooth transfer of management authority for the commercial directed fishery, and will rely on the IPHC to continue to issue licenses for this fishery in the near-term. The Council intends to maintain the current management structure, but may consider changes to vessel poundage limits and open periods.

At its September and November 2019 meetings, when the Council typically considers changes to its halibut Catch Sharing Plan, it will also make management recommendations for the 2020 directed commercial halibut fishery trip limits and fishing periods. These meetings will provide an opportunity for public, agency, and advisory body comment. The Groundfish Advisory Subpanel meetings held in conjunction with the September and November Council meetings will also provide an opportunity for public comment on this issue. As always, public comment will be accepted through the Council’s e-portal before the meetings.

The September meeting will be held September 11-18 at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho. The November meeting will be held November 13-20 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa in Costa Mesa, California.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold public meetings August 5-8 to discuss fishing periods and trip limits for the 2020 directed commercial halibut fishery. Meeting dates and locations will be posted online; information is also available at (541) 867-4741. Currently, the Departments of Fish and Wildlife for Washington and California do not have public meetings scheduled to discuss the non-Indian commercial directed halibut fishery season structure for 2020.

See full press release.

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Pacific Council News Summer 2019: Pacific Halibut

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

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Transfer of Halibut Management Authority Moves Forward

Plans to transfer management of the non-Indian commercial directed halibut fishery from the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) to the Council are moving forward. In June, the Council committed to working closely with the IPHC and stakeholders on transitioning the management of this fishery, and outlined the Council’s intentions for the fishery in the near future. 

The Council asked that IPHC continue to issue licenses for the 2A halibut fisheries, including the directed commercial halibut fishery for 2020 and 2021, to provide time to develop and enact a new regulatory framework. The Council will also ask IPHC to enter into a data sharing arrangement for the IPHC 2A halibut licensing system and the commercial directed halibut fishery logbook data.

For the next few years the Council will focus on a smooth transfer of management authority for the commercial directed fishery, and will not be considering any major changes to the current fishery structure.  That said, the Council will consider changes to the fishery within the existing structure (i.e., an open access fishery managed by fishing periods and vessel limits) beginning in 2019 for 2020 regulations. 

Beginning in 2019, the Council will use the September and November meetings (concurrent with the halibut Catch Sharing Plan process) to set directed commercial halibut fishery regulations within the existing season structure. 

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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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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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