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Council Seeking Nominations for 2019-2021 Advisory Body Terms (nominations due no later than 5 pm, October 5, 2018)

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking qualified candidates to serve on advisory subpanels and committees regarding West Coast marine fishing and habitat issues for the 2019-2021 term. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m., Pacific Time, Friday, October 5, 2018.

Please visit the Council’s webpage “Nominations for 2019-2021 Advisory Body Terms” to download the necessary nomination forms and the full detailed announcement.


September 2018 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, September 17th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 7-12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The September 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.


November 1-8, 2018 Council Meeting Information

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

November 1-8, 2018 Council Meeting

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet November 1-8, 2018 in San Diego, California, at the following location:

San Diego Marriott Del Mar
11966 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
Phone: 858-523-1700

Agenda and Meeting Notice

The detailed agenda and meeting notice that includes logistic information will be posted to this webpage as it becomes available. If you would like a notification when the finalized agenda and meeting notice are posted and are not already on our electronic mailing list, please sign up for the PFMC List-Serv today.

In the interim, you may download the DRAFT Proposed November 1-8, 2018 Council Meeting Quick Reference Agenda (draft version 09/20/2018; 11:30 am). Please note, agenda items are subject to change at any time and are not reliable for planning attendance or participation. Days may be adjusted or added depending on Council workload, facilities availability, or other unforeseen circumstances.



Friday, September 7th, 2018

Cautionary Note — These preliminary motions do not represent the final official administrative record. The motions and amendments contained in this blog are as projected on the screen at the 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.


Adhoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee to Meet October 11-12, 2018

Friday, September 7th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a meeting of its adhoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee (SaMTAAC).  The meeting is open to the public.

At this meeting, the SaMTAAC will continue to develop alternatives that address obstacles to achieving the goals and objectives of the groundfish trawl catch share plan related to under attainment of non-sablefish shorebased trawl allocations and unharvested sablefish quota pounds south of 36° N. latitude.  The committee’s initial work on alternatives will be presented at the November 2018 Council meeting to solicit further Council guidance.

Meeting Date

The meeting will be held Thursday, October 11, and Friday, October 12, 2018, starting at 8 a.m. and will end when business for the day has been completed and no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday.

Meeting Location

The meeting will be held at the following location:

Hyatt Place Portland Airport
Meeting Place #3
9750 NE Cascade Station
Portland, Oregon  97220
Telephone: 1-503-288-2808

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 503-820-2280, ext. 411, at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about this meeting, please contact  Dr. Jim Seger at 503-820-2416; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.


Quick Link to the September 2018 Briefing Book

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Quick Link to the September 2018 Briefing Book:


September 2018 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

The September 2018 Council meeting will be live‐streamed on the internet during the following hours:

  • Friday, September 7, 2018: beginning at approximately 10:00 AM Pacific Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete
  • Saturday, September 7, 2018 through Wednesday, September 12, 2018: 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 September 5-12, 2018 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

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

  2. Enter the Webinar ID – The PFMC meetings 2018 Webinar ID is: 530-089-227
  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 1-562-247-8321 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone attendee audio access code: 240-052-611; 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.


Reminder notice: Groundfish Management Team Webinar to be held on August 23, 2018

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Groundfish Management Team Webinar to be held on August 23, 2018


September 5-12, 2018 PFMC Meeting Fast Facts

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

The September 5-12, 2018 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, internet code, hotel map).

If you have additional questions regarding the September 5-12, 2018 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:


September 2018 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, August 20th, 2018

The Briefing Book for the September 5-12, 2018  Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “September 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.

For further information: