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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Fall 2017

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Fall 2017 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. This newsletter reports mainly on decisions made at the September 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.


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


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.


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


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.

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.


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.


September 2017 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 13-18, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. The September 2017 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.



Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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.


September 2017 Council Meeting Fast Facts

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

The September 11-18, 2017 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 11-18, 2017 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting: