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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:


Agenda available for both the March 25-26, 2019 Pre-Assessment Workshop for Groundfish Stock Assessments and the March 27th Skates Catch Reconstruction Workshop

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019


April 9-16, 2019 Council Meeting Information

Friday, March 15th, 2019


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.


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.


Agenda available for GMT April 3, 2019 Webinar

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019


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: 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.



Friday, March 8th, 2019

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.


Quick Link to March 2019 Briefing Book

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019


Pre-Assessment Workshop for Groundfish Stock Assessments and Skates Historical Catch Reconstruction Workshop to be held March 25-27, 2019

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a pre-assessment workshop to review proposed data and modeling approaches for groundfish stock assessments scheduled for assessment this year.  The pre-assessment workshop will be followed by a skates historical catch reconstruction workshop to prepare for assessments of big and longnose skates scheduled for later this year.  Both workshops are open to the public.  The workshops will also be streamed online via webinar to facilitate remote participation.

The pre-assessment workshop will be held Monday, March 25, 2019 from 1 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) or when business for the day has been completed.  The workshop will reconvene on Tuesday, March 26 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. or when business has been completed.  The skate historical catch reconstruction workshop will reconvene on Wednesday, March 27 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. or when business has been completed.

Workshop Agenda

Workshop Location

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

Public Listening Stations

Public listening stations will be available at the following locations:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Room 188
110 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Telephone: 831-420-3947
Driving Directions

The public listening station at the NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Santa Cruz will only be available for the March 25 and 26 pre-assessment workshop and will not be available for the March 27 skates workshop.

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center should bring photo identification to the meeting location.  Visitors who are foreign nationals (defined as a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States) will require additional security clearance to access the NOAA facilities.  Foreign national visitors should contact Ms. Stacey Miller at 541-867-0535 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Main Conference Room
2040 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365
Telephone: 541-867-4741
Driving Directions

Workshop Objectives

The purpose of the pre-assessment workshop is to review proposed data inputs, modeling approaches, and any other pertinent information for new benchmark stock assessments for big skate, longnose skate, sablefish, gopher/black-and-yellow rockfish, and cowcod.  The goal of the pre-assessment workshop is to promote dialogue about and a common understanding between assessment teams and data providers of the best data and analytical and modeling approaches for use in conducting the benchmark groundfish assessments scheduled for 2019.  Participants at the pre-assessment workshop will also review proposed revisions to the Pacific Council’s Accepted Practices Guidelines for Groundfish Stock Assessments document to prepare for these 2019 stock assessments.  The purpose of the skates catch reconstruction workshop is to reconstruct historical catches of west coast skate species to prepare for the big skate and longnose skate stock assessments later this year.  No management actions will be decided by the workshop participants.

Instructions for Attending the Webinar (option)

  1. To attend the webinar visit:
  2. Enter the Webinar ID, which is 433-536-835, and your name and email address (required).
  3. After logging into the webinar, dial this TOLL number 1+ (213) 929-4232 (not a toll-free number), then enter the Attendee phone audio access code:  596-914-734.
  4. Enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

NOTE: We have disabled Mic/Speakers on GoToMeeting as an option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate.

Technical Information and System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 10, 8, 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.

Additional Contact Information

If you have further questions, please contact: Mr. John DeVore, Pacific Council; telephone: (503) 820–2413, email:

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at (503) 820–2280 at least 10 days prior to the workshop date.