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April 2019 Briefing Book available online

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

The Briefing Book for the April 9-16, 2019  Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “April 2019 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 public comment submitted to our e-portal. Advisory body and committee agendas and memos are also available.

For further information:

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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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Public Comment E-Portal for the April 2019 Advanced Briefing Book is now open!

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

The Public Comment E-Portal for the April 2019 Advanced Briefing Book is now open.  Visit the E-portal to submit your written comment. Due to recent revisions to the April Council meeting agenda, the deadline for the Advanced Briefing Book has been extended to Tuesday, March 19th, by 5 p.m.  All comments submitted by the deadline will be reviewed and posted to the E-Portal page on March 22nd, 2019.

Visit our Current Council Meeting page for more details.

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April 9-16, 2019 Council Meeting Information

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

April 9-16, 2019 Council Meeting Information

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet April 9-16, 2019 in Rohnert Park, California, at the following location:

DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma
One Doubletree Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Phone: 707-584-5466

Briefing Book (meeting materials)

Download the Agenda and meeting Notice

Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines (E-Portal)

Visit the April 2019 Council Meeting E-portal to submit your 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. You will be limited to one comment per agenda item in advance of the initial advanced briefing book public comment deadline which is Tuesday, March 19th, 5:00 pm, Pacific Time.

You will then be allowed one more comment opportunity between 5:01 p.m., March 19 and the supplemental public comment deadline (5:00 p.m., Monday, April 1, 2019), which will allow you to review the advanced briefing materials scheduled to be posted to the Council website no later than Friday, March 22, 2019 (afternoon).

If you have additional questions regarding the Pacific Fishery Management Council E-Portal for Public Comment:

Public Comment Guidelines “After the Supplemental Deadline”

Written comments after the supplemental comment period will only be accepted at the Council meeting and must be in support of oral testimony. In order to be available to the Council during an agenda item, written comments must be brought to the Secretariat no later than 5 pm the day before the corresponding agenda item is scheduled on the Council’s agenda.

Comments received by 5 pm will be uploaded by staff to the Council’s E-Portal shortly thereafter. Any written comments received after that time will be uploaded the following day after 5 pm.

The public should be aware that the Council and it’s advisory bodies may not have time to thoroughly review written comments submitted at the meeting. The Council will not pay for comments transmitted to the meeting hotel. Comments submitted that are not in support of oral testimony will need to be resubmitted during an open comment period for a future Council meeting.

How to Submit PowerPoint Presentations or Videos

If your comments contain a PowerPoint presentation or video, such PowerPoints and videos need to be turned in no later than 5 pm the day before the corresponding agenda item is scheduled on the Council’s agenda. PowerPoints and videos must be sent to: Kris.Kleinschmidt@noaa.gov. Please see the Protocol Policy on submitting electronic slide presentation materials at the Council meetings for full direction, expectations, and equipment available for use during presentations.

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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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March 6-12, 2019 PFMC Meeting Fast Facts

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

The March 6-12, 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).

March 2019 Council Meeting Fast Facts

If you have additional questions regarding the March 6-12, 2019 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:

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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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Request for nominations: two At-Large positions on the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC)

Friday, February 8th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking qualified candidates to consider for two At-Large positions on its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC).  The successful candidates will serve out the remainder of the 2019-2021 Council 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 oceanography and/or climate science.

To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m., Pacific Time, Friday, March 15, 2019.

The Council is committed to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving nominations from a broad spectrum of people. Eligibility or selection for these positions will not be based on race, color, national origin, handicap, age, religion, or sexual orientation.

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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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Area 2A Pacific Halibut Managers Coordination Meeting to be held via Webinar on January 3

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will host a webinar meeting of the Area 2A Pacific halibut governmental management entities, which will be open to the public, on Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific time, or until business for the day is completed.

The primary purpose of the Area 2A Pacific halibut manager’s meeting is to prepare and develop recommendations for the 2019 International Pacific Halibut Commission’s (IPHC) annual meeting in Victoria, BC from January 28 through February 1.  Recommendations generated from the meeting will be communicated to the IPHC by the Pacific Council’s representative, Mr. Phil Anderson.  Attendees may also address other topics relating to Pacific halibut management.  No management actions will be decided by the attendees.  The meeting will be open to the public, and the agenda, which will be posted on the Pacific Council website prior to the meeting, will provide for a public comment period.

Webinar Agenda

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: 991-995-667
  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 (562) 247-8321
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 906-460-333
  6. 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 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 503-280-2425 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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