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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Webinar Tuesday, November 7

Monday, October 16th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar that is open to the public.  The GMT webinar will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 1 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The webinar end time is an estimate, the meeting will adjourn when business for the day is completed.

The primary purpose of the GMT webinar is to prepare for the November 2017 Pacific Council meeting.  A detailed agenda for the webinar will be available on the Pacific Council’s website prior to the meeting.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT.  The GMT’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its November 2017 meeting.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link:
    https://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 921-983-403
  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) 930-5321
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code:  974-117-482
  6. Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

Technical Information and 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 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

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the GMT 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 503-280-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Meeting notice and agenda available for the November 14-20, 2017 Council meeting

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Meeting notice and agenda available for the November 14-20, 2017 Council meeting

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NMFS publishes proposed “List of Fisheries for 2018”; requests comments by November 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2018, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2018 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan requirements.

Please see the Federal Register notice dated October 12, 2017 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by November 13, 2017.

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Agenda available for the October 24-25, 2017 Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) meeting

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

An agenda is now available for the October 24-25, 2017 Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) meeting.

Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) to Meet October 24 and 25 in Portland, OR

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Sixth National Meeting of the Scientific Coordination Subcommittee of the Council Coordination Committee (SCS6)

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is pleased to announce the Sixth National Meeting of the Scientific Coordination Subcommittee of the Council Coordination Committee (SCS6), to be held at the Kona Kai Resort in San Diego, California, on January 17-19, 2018.

The meeting theme is “The Use of Management Strategy Evaluation to Inform Management Decisions Made by the Regional Fishery Management Councils,” with three subthemes: use of MSEs in evaluating and modifying harvest control rules; use of MSEs in investigating and accommodating uncertainty; and use of MSEs in adjusting harvest control rules in changing environments/non-static maximum sustainable yield.

The meeting will be attended by representatives of the Scientific and Statistical Committees of the eight Regional Fishery Management Councils, staff from the eight Councils, and scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service and other scientists with expertise in conducting management strategy evaluations. A poster session will be held in conjunction with the workshop.

SCS6 Website Information

For more information, registration materials, and poster session details, please see the SCS6 website.

Please pass this invitation along to others who may be interested attending the SCS6 workshop or who may be interested in presenting on the management strategy evaluation (MSE) theme.

Additional information

  • What is the “Council Coordination Committee (CCC)”; What is the SCS?  The CCC consists of the chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors from each regional fishery management council (council), or other staff, as appropriate. The Scientific Coordination Subcommittee (SCS) is a subcommittee established by the CCC. The SCS consists of the Chairs from each of the Regional Council Scientific and Statistical Committees, or their respective proxies. The function of the SCS is to plan and conduct meetings or workshops to discuss scientific issues of national importance based on terms of reference or topics provided by the CCC.  See NOAA’s “Council Coordination Committee” webpage for more information.
  • You may contact Mr. John DeVore, Pacific Council staff if you have questions regarding the SCS meeting.  Mr. DeVore can be reached by email: John.DeVore@noaa.gov; telephone 1-866-806-7204, ext. 413.
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Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) to Meet October 24 and 25 in Portland, OR

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) will hold a two-day meeting that is open to the public.  The CAB meeting will begin Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8 a.m. and recess when business for the day is completed.  It will continue at 8 a.m. Wednesday, October 25, adjourning when business for the day is completed.

The primary purpose of the CAB meeting is to review the public review draft of the catch share program five-year review document and continue to develop ranges of alternatives for Council consideration at the November 2017 Council meeting. The issues to be covered were identified by the Council at its June 2017 meeting, and include: meeting the at-sea whiting fishery bycatch needs; trawl sablefish area management (including limits on gear switching); shorebased individual fishing quota (IFQ) accumulation limit; shorebased IFQ sector harvest complex needs; and catcher-processor sector accumulation limits on permit ownership and harvesting/processing. Ranges of alternatives are to be developed and finalized for analysis over the course of the November 2017 and March/April 2018 Council meetings. Due to workload limitations, it is unlikely that all of these issues will move forward in 2018.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location

This meeting will be held at the following location:

Sheraton Portland Airport
Garden ABC Room
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-281-2500
Driving Directions

Additional Information

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 business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information, please contact Dr. Jim Seger at (503) 820-2416; or toll-free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 416.

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Agenda available for the October 2-5, 2017 Groundfish Management Team work session

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

We just posted an agenda for next week’s GMT Work Session (October 2-5, 2017); see our website for the full details; http://www.pcouncil.org/?p=50071

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Request for nominations: Groundfish Advisory Subpanel Trawl At-Large seat

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill the vacant Trawl At-Large seat on its Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP) for remainder of the 2016-2018 advisory body term.

The GAP is charged with advising the Council on issues associated with its Groundfish Fishery Management Plan.   The current vacancy is for a Trawl At-Large position, and the Council is seeking nominees with knowledge and expertise regarding ocean groundfish fishery issues on the Pacific Coast, especially with regard to West Coast groundfish trawl fisheries.

To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, October 19, 2017.

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Public Comment Deadline for the November 2017 Briefing Book

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

November 2017 Advance Briefing Book Public Comment Deadline

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

  • Public comment materials received at the Council office after the October 19, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm (Pacific Time), Monday, November 6, 2017 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the November 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 5 pm, November 6, 2017” Deadline

  • Comments received after the 5 pm, November 6, 2017 date specified above will not be photocopied and distributed by the Council staff.
  • For late comments received after the 5 pm, November 6, 2017 date specified above, individuals need to hand deliver their comments to the Council Secretariat (Bristol Room 3) at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, no later than 5 p.m. the day before the corresponding agenda item is scheduled on the Council’s agenda. These 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 must be sent to:  Kris.Kleinschmidt@noaa.gov.  Please review the Council’s Protocol for Submitting Electronic Slide Presentation and Video Materials at the Meeting if you have additional questions.

For additional information

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

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Notice of Availability: Section 4.0, Section 5.0 and communities appendix for the public review draft of the groundfish trawl catch share program five-year review

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has released sections on research and data needs (Section 4.0), recommendations (Section 5.0), and a new appendix the summarizes information by community (Appendix J).  The public is invited to provide comments on these sections along with the other sections which were released on August 21.

DRAFT DOCUMENT FOR PUBLIC REVIEW

HOW TO COMMENT

Comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, October 19, 2017.   Please submit comments to:

E-Mail: pfmc.comments@noaa.gov

You may also send your comments to:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon 97220-1384

For more information on the catch share review, please see the five-year review webpage.  If you have questions, contact the staff officer for trawl catch shares: Dr. Jim Seger (Jim.Seger@noaa.gov) phone: (503) 820-2280 ext. 416 or toll free (866) 806-7204, ext. 416.

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