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IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING PACIFIC COUNCIL MEETINGS DURING THE PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Monday, January 14th, 2019

IS THE COUNCIL IMPACTED BY THE SHUTDOWN?  The Council staff is at work and conducting business as usual. However, most of our Federal partners at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS, West Coast Region and the Northwest and Southwest Fisheries Science Centers), the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are on furlough during the shutdown.

WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS?  Since many NMFS scientists and fishery management specialists are key contributors to the Council’s analyses, Management Teams and Committees, the Council is rescheduling or modifying the agendas for several meetings where NMFS representatives were expected to provide pivotal presentations, reports, and/or analyses.  We will be evaluating each meeting on a case by case basis, but at this time we expect the January 14-18 Groundfish Management Team, the January 15-16 Ecosystem Workgroup, and the January 22-25 Salmon Technical Team meetings to occur as scheduled, with or without a resolution to the shutdown.  We have, however, canceled the January 16-18 HMSMT meeting and the January 22-24 Scientific and Statistical Committee Methodology Review meeting.

WHAT ABOUT THE COUNCIL’S MARCH AND APRIL 2019 MEETINGS?  The Council’s March meeting in Vancouver, Washington at the Hilton Hotel and April meeting in Rohnert Park, California at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma will occur as scheduled, including all advisory body meetings. If the partial government shutdown remains in place, the Council will conduct as much business as possible given the Federal furlough.  We will provide updates if there is a need to modify either the March or April agendas by the first of week of February, should the shutdown last that long, or earlier as appropriate.

UPCOMING PLAN TEAM AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS: 

Groundfish Management Team: The Council’s GMT will meet as scheduled January 14-18 at the Council Office in Portland.

Ecosystem Workgroup: The Council’s ad hoc EWG will meet as scheduled January 15-16 at -the Hyatt Place Portland Airport.

Salmon Technical Team: The Council’s STT will meet as scheduled January 22-25 at the Council Office in Portland.

Highly Migratory Species Management Team: The Council’s HMSMT January 16-18 meeting in Portland has been cancelled.

Scientific and Statistical Committee: The Council’s SSC January -24 Methodology Review Meeting in Seattle has been cancelled.

At this point, no changes have been made to other Council advisory body meetings. Further information and updates on all Council meetings can be found on the Pacific Council website.

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Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup to Hold Meeting, February 19-20, 2019 in Seattle

Friday, January 4th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup (GESW) will hold a meeting on Tuesday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 20, 2019. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. each day and continue each day until business is concluded.  Members of the public can participate in person or via teleconference through “Go To Meeting.”  Those details are provided below.

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review recent information on take of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery (other than salmonids). The workgroup will provide recommendations to the Council on any additional mitigation measures needed to meet the requirements of the ESA, as implemented through the terms and conditions in the most recent biological opinion for the fishery.

Meeting Location

Building 9
Rooms A and B
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Western Regional Center
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115‑6349
Telephone: 206-526- 6117
Driving Directions

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting in person must contact Mr. Brian Hooper (brian.hooper@noaa.gov, 206-526-6117) at least one week prior to the meeting to arrange entrance to this NOAA facility.

To Participate via Teleconference

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 775-062-523
  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 (914) 614-3221
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 763-445-525
  6. Enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

Technical Information

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, 8, 9, 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 503-820-2411 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 GESW chair.

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 meeting, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204 Ext. 422.

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Methodology Review Meeting to be held January 22-24, 2019 in Seattle, WA

Monday, December 17th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will hold a methodology review meeting January 22-24, 2019.  The meeting begins Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) or until business for the day has been completed. The meeting will reconvene on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 and Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. PST each day and continue until business for the day has been completed.  This meeting will also occur via webinar.

Purpose of the Meeting

The purpose of the Pacific Council methodology review meeting is to review 1) a new meta-analysis informing a Beverton-Holt steepness prior for west coast rockfish species, 2) analyses of uncertainty in groundfish and coastal pelagic species stock assessments informing new sigma values used in computing acceptable biological catches, 3) historical catch reconstructions of west coast skate species, and 4) revisions to the Accepted Practices Guidelines for Groundfish Stock Assessments.  The review will focus on how these analyses may inform future stock assessments and other analyses used to make management decisions by the Pacific Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

No management actions will be decided by the Pacific Council methodology review meeting participants.  The Pacific Council methodology review meeting participants’ role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Pacific Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee and the Pacific Council at the March meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

Meeting Location

The meeting will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Auditorium (Jan. 22-23), Room 370W (Jan. 24)
2725 Montlake Boulevard E.
Seattle, WA 98112
206-860-3200
Driving Directions

Webinar Option – To Attend the Webinar

To attend the webinar on January 22, 1) join the meeting by visiting this link https://nwfsc200.webex.com/nwfsc200/; and 2) enter the attendee access code: 282-836-773.  After logging into the webinar, please dial this TOLL number: 1-650-479-3207 (not a toll-free number).

To attend the webinar on January 23, 1) join the meeting by visiting this link https://nwfsc200.webex.com/nwfsc200/; and 2) enter the attendee access code: 288-092-251.  After logging into the webinar, please dial this TOLL number: 1-650-479-3207 (not a toll-free number).

To attend the webinar on January 24, 1) join the meeting by visiting this link https://nwfsc.webex.com/nwfsc/; and 2) enter the attendee access code: 282-906-863.  After logging into the webinar, please dial this TOLL number: 1-650-479-3208 (not a toll-free number).

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

You may send an email to the NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center IT Help desk at NWFSC.Helpdesk@noaa.gov or contact them at 206-860-3256 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

For further 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 webinar, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Winter 2018

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

The Winter 2018 issue of Pacific Council Newsletter is now available on the Council’s website. This newsletter reports mainly on decisions made at the November 2018 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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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Work Session in Portland, OR January 14-18

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a week-long work session that is open to the public.   The GMT meeting will be held Monday, January 14, 2019 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed.  The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, January 15 through Friday, January 18 from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed.

Agenda

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of this week-long work session is for the GMT to prepare for 2019 Pacific Council meetings. Specific agenda items will include: a detailed review of 2019/2020 harvest specifications and management measure process, planning for the 2021/2022 harvest specifications and management measure process, meeting with representatives from the Pacific Council’s Ecosystem Workgroup; consideration of the groundfish workload prioritization process and Council Operating Procedure 9, Endangered Species Act salmon mitigation measures, and GMT chair/vice chair elections.  The GMT may also address work assigned by the Pacific Council that relates to groundfish management, such as: a methodology overview of Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee analysis needs and impact analysis of proposed changes to the directed Pacific halibut fishery on groundfish.  A detailed agenda will be available prior to the meeting.

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

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

For further 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.

For further information about the work session, please contact Mr. Todd Phillips at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Nominations sought for open positions on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee — accepted through December 24, 2018

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

NOAA Fisheries is seeking nominations to fill vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC).  MAFAC advises the Secretary of Commerce on all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce.  The Committee draws on its members’ expertise and other sources to evaluate and make recommendations to the Secretary and NOAA on the development and implementation of Department regulations, policies, and programs critical to the mission and goals of the NOAA Fisheries Service.

MAFAC members represent a wide spectrum of fisheries, protected resources, and marine habitat interests; tribal, seafood, environmental, academic, consumer, and other related national interests. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in one of these fields and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings and between-meeting subcommittee work.  Individuals serve for a term of three years, and if re-appointed, may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

A MAFAC member cannot be a Federal employee, a member of a Regional Fishery Management Council, a registered Federal lobbyist, or a State employee.  Membership is voluntary, and except for reimbursable travel and related expenses, service is without pay. The committee functions solely as an advisory body (complying fully with the Federal Advisory Committee Act) which reports to the Secretary.

Full nomination instructions and guidelines are details in the Federal Register notice and on this MAFAC webpage.

For more information please contact Jennifer Lukens, Executive Director of MAFAC, jennifer.lukens@noaa.gov or Heidi Lovett, Assistant Director, heidi.lovett@noaa.gov.

This information posted at the request of Alan Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, NOAA.
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Pacific Fishery Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest Fisheries Science Center to Hold Webinar December 14, 2018

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) AND the National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC)  will hold a meeting via webinar on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 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 Pacific Council and NWFSC webinar meeting is to review available data and solicit knowledge from participants that may inform the next assessments of West Coast cabezon scheduled to be conducted next year.

No management actions will be decided by participants in the Pacific Council and NWFSC webinar meeting.  Information gathered during the webinar may be used to inform next year’s assessments of cabezon on the West Coast.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 528-106-707
  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: 1-213-929-4232 (not a toll-free number)
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 308-416-601
  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 Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 411, for technical assistance.

Public Listening Station

Public listening stations will also be provided at the following locations:

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

University of Washington
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Room FSH 203
Seattle, WA 98195
Driving Directions

Hatfield Marine Science Center
Guin Library, Barry Fisher Room
2030 Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365
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 webinar, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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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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March 5-12, 2019 Council Meeting Information

Friday, November 9th, 2018

March 5-12, 2019 Council Meeting Information

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet March 5-12, 2019 in Vancouver, Washington, USA.

DRAFT Preliminary Proposed March 2019 Agenda (dated 11/08/18) is available. Please note, all agenda items, ancillary meetings, and discussion topics are Subject to Change at any time. Days may be adjusted or added depending on Council Workload, facilities availability, or other
unforeseen circumstances.

Additional meeting materials, public comment deadlines, and a detailed finalized agenda will be published to this webpage once they are available. If you are not already on our e-mail list, please sign up for our listserver to be notified of such updates.

Meeting Location

Hilton Vancouver Washington
301 W. Sixth Street
Vancouver, WA 98660 USA
Phone: 360-993-4500

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Pacific Fishery Management Council Appoints Advisory Body Members for the 2019-2021 Term

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

The Council appreciates all of the nominees’ interest and willingness to serve.  The Council reviewed the nominations and appointed Advisory Body representatives to the following positions for the 2019-2021 Advisory Body term.  Additionally, the Council increased the number of California Sport positions on the Salmon Advisory Subpanel from one to two.

The Council will solicit nominations for most of the remaining vacancies, including two at-large positions on the Scientific and Statistical Committee, after the November 2018 Council meeting for consideration at the March 2019 Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington.  Visit the Council’s Advisory Body Vacancies web page for details.

Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel:

California Commercial (3 Positions)

Mr. David Crabbe

Mr. David Haworth

Mr. Nick Jurlin

Oregon Commercial

Mr. Ryan Kapp

Washington Commercial

Mr. Daniel Crome

California Processor

Ms. Diane Pleschner-Steele

Oregon Processor

Mr. Mike Okoniewski

Washington Processor

Mr. Albert Carter

California Sport/Charter

Mr. Steve Crooke

Conservation

Ms. Gillian Lyons

Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel:

California (3 At-large Positions)

Dr. Pete Adams

Ms. Corey Ridings

Mr. Donald Maruska

Oregon (3 At-large Positions)

Mr. Scott McMullen

Ms. Gway Rogers-Kirchner

Dr. Andrew Thurber

Washington (3 At-large Positions)

Mr. Paul Dye

Dr. Terrie Klinger

Mr. Nate Stone

Groundfish Advisory Subpanel:

Fixed Gear (3 At-large)

Mr. Bob Alverson

Ms. Michele Longo-Eder

Mr. Gerry Richter

Bottom Trawl

Mr. Travis Hunter

Mid-Water Trawl

Mr. Jeff Lackey

At-Large Trawl (2 Positions)

Mr. Kevin Dunn

Ms. Sarah Nayani

Open Access South of Cape Mendocino

Mr. Daniel Platt

Open Access North of Cape Mendocino

Mr. Jeffery Miles

Processors (2 At-large Positions)

Ms. Susan Chambers

Mr. Tom Libby

At-Sea Processor

Mr. Daniel Waldeck

California Charter South of Point Conception

Mr. Merit McCrea

California Charter North of Point Conception

Mr. Robert Ingles

Oregon Charter

Mr. Loren Goddard

Washington Charter

Mr. Thomas Burlingame

Sport Fisheries (3 At-large Positions)

Mr. John Holloway

Mr. Tom Marking

Mr. Dale Meyer

Conservation

Mr. Shems Jud

Tribal Fisheries

Mr. Steve Joner

Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel:

Commercial Troll

Mr. Wayne Heikkila

Commercial Purse Seine

Mr. Michael Conroy

Commercial Gillnet

Mr. Gary Burke

Commercial Fisheries (2 At-large Positions)

Mr. Douglas Fricke

Mr. William Sutton

Processor South of Cape Mendocino

Mr. Dave Rudie

Processor North of Cape Mendocino

Ms. Nancy Fitzpatrick

California Charter Boat

Mr. Mike Thompson

Washington/Oregon Charter Boat

Ms. Linda Buell

Private Sport

Mr. Bob Osborne

Conservation

Ms. Melissa Mahoney

Public At-large

Ms. Pamela Tom

At-Large

Mr. Austen Brown

Salmon Advisory Subpanel:

California Troll

Mr. John Koeppen

Oregon Troll

Mr. Darus Peake

Washington Troll

Mr. Greg Mueller

Commercial Gillnet Fishery

Mr. Greg Johnson

Processor

Mr. Gerald Reinholdt

California Charter Boat

Mr. John Atkinson

Oregon Charter Boat

Mr. Mike Sorensen

Washington Charter Boat

Mr. Butch Smith

California Sport (2 positions)

Mr. Jim Yarnall

Mr. James Stone

Oregon Sport

Mr. Richard Heap

Washington Sport

Mr. Dave Johnson

Idaho Sport

Dr. Richard Scully

California Tribal

Mr. Dave Hillemeier

Conservation

Ms. Megan Mueller

Habitat Committee:

Commercial Fishing Industry

Mr. Noah Oppenheim

Sport Fishing Industry

Ms. Liz Hamilton

Conservation

Mr. Tom Rudolph

California Tribal

Mr. Justin Alvarez

At-large (2 Positions)

Dr. Scott Heppell

Mr. Stephen Scheiblauer

Scientific and Statistical Committee:

At-Large (8 Positions, 2 Vacancies Remain)

Dr. Aaron Berger

Dr. Michael Harte

Dr. Dan Holland

Dr. André Punt

Dr. William Satterthwaite

Dr. Rishi Sharma

Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee

Conservation Representative

Ms. Melissa Mahoney

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