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March 2018 Briefing Book Available Online

Friday, February 16th, 2018

The Briefing Book for the March 8-14, 2018  Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “March 2018 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.

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Review of 2017 Ocean Salmon Fisheries available online

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

The Council’s annual review of ocean salmon fisheries is available online. This stock assessment and fishery evaluation (SAFE) document is the first in a series of four annual documents developed each year to help guide the Council’s selection of annual fishery management measures. This postseason review covers 2017 ocean salmon fisheries off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California. The review provides a summary of important biological and socioeconomic data from which to assess the impacts of past management actions, determine how well management objectives are being met, and improve regulations for the future. This postseason report will also provide a detailed description of the salmon fishery portions of the affected environment to be incorporated by reference into an Environmental Assessment (EA) to comply with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements for the 2018 ocean salmon management measures.  The Council will formally review this report at its March meeting prior to the development of management alternatives for the approaching fishing season.

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NMFS Publishes Final Rule: “List of Fisheries for 2018”

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2018, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.  The final LOF for 2018 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals.

This final rule is effective March 9, 2018. Information regarding the LOF may be obtained from the NMFS LOF website. You may also download the Final Rule published February 7, 2018.

For further information, please contact the following NMFS Staff member:

  • Kristy Long, Office of Protected Resources, 301–427–8402
  • Allison Rosner, Greater Atlantic Region, 978–281–9328
  • Jessica Powell, Southeast Region, 727–824– 5312
  • Dan Lawson, West Coast Region, 562–980–3209
  • Suzie Teerlink, Alaska Region, 907– 586–7240
  • Kevin Brindock, Pacific Islands Region, 808–725–5146
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Agenda and meeting notice available for the March 8-14, 2018 Council Meeting

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Agenda and meeting notice available for the upcoming March 8-14, 2018 Council Meeting:  https://www.pcouncil.org/?p=51182

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Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2018 Briefing Book

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2018 Briefing Book are available on our website at:  https://www.pcouncil.org/?p=51375

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Request for nominations: Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel AND Salmon Advisory Subpanel

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill the vacant Processor North of Cape Mendocino seat on its Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel (HMSAS) for the remainder of the 2016-2018 advisory body term.

The HMSAS is charged with advising the Council on issues associated with its Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan (FMP).

Salmon Advisory Subpanel

The Council is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill the vacant Oregon Troll seat on its Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS) for the 2016-2018 advisory body term. The SAS is charged with advising the Council on issues associated with its Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan (FMP).

To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, February 8, 2018.

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January 2018 SCS6 Internet Live Stream (GoToMeeting)

Monday, January 15th, 2018

The January 17-19, 2018 Sixth National Meeting of the Scientific Coordination Subcommittee of the Council Coordination Committee (SCS6) will be live‐streamed on the internet during the following hours:

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 through Friday, January 19, 2018: 8:00 AM Pacific Time, ending daily at approximately 5:30 PM PT or when business for the day is complete

Only the audio portion and presentations displayed on the screen at the SCS6 meeting will be broadcast. The audio portion is listen‐only; you will be unable to speak to the meeting participants via the broadcast.

For agenda item topics, please see the SCS6 Proposed Agenda (agenda dated January 10, 2018).

Please Note: The GotoMeeting broadcast is not a substitute for attending the 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.

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode by visiting this link:

  1. http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID – The PFMC meetings 2017 Webinar ID is: 367-785-355
  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 for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-562-247-8422 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone attendee audio access code: 621-905-598; 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, 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 “SCS6 webpage” where you will find a link to the MP3 files.

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Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2018 Briefing Book

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

March 2018 advance briefing book public comment deadline:  Thursday, February 8, 2018; 5 pm

March 2018 supplemental public comment deadline:  Monday, February 26, 2018; 5 pm

  • Public comment materials received at the Council office after the February 8, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm (Pacific Time), Monday, February 26, 2018 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the March meeting.
  • You may email your comments to:  pfmc.comments@noaa.gov or send to the Council office.
  • If your comments contain a PowerPoint or Video presentation, see “How to Submit PowerPoint Presentations or Videos below.

Public Comment Guidelines “After the February 26, 2018 5 pm” Deadline

  • Comments received AFTER the February 26, 5 pm date specified above will not be photocopied and distributed by the Council staff.
  • For late comments after the February 26,  5 pm date specified above, individuals need to hand deliver their comments to the Council Secretariat (Santa Rosa Room) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, no later than 5 p.m. the day before the corresponding agenda item is scheduled on the Council’s agenda. These written submissions should include the submitter’s name, the Council agenda item number, and the Council meeting date.
  • Comments will be accepted in electronic form and hard copy.

The public should be aware that the Council does not have time to thoroughly review extensive written comments submitted at the meeting. The Council’s advisory bodies may not have a chance to review such comment.   The Council will not pay for comments transmitted to the meeting hotel.   Comments submitted that are not in support of oral testimony will be included in the briefing materials for the next 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.

Electronic slide presentations need to be turned in no later than 5 p.m. the day before the corresponding agenda item is scheduled on the Council’s agenda. This requirement is to allow time for proper labeling as to Council agenda item, the orderly distribution of material, and so that PowerPoint type files can be loaded on the hard drive of the podium laptop, scanned for viruses, saved and filed in the administrative record, posted on the Council Briefing Book website, and checked to make sure the presentation can run smoothly.   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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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Winter 2017

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Winter 2017 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. This newsletter reports mainly on decisions made at the November 2017 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding Pacific Council News, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

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Salmon Technical Team to Hold Work Sessions for 2018

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) will hold two work sessions.

January 16-19, 2018:  The STT will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Review of 2017 Ocean Salmon Fisheries, Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation Document for the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2018 ocean salmon fisheries.

February 20-23, 2018:  The STT will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Preseason Report I-Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2018 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2018 ocean salmon fisheries.

The two work sessions will be held at the following location:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

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 business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work sessions, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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