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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Summer 2018

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

The Summer 2018 issue of Pacific Council Newsletter is now available on the Council’s website. This newsletter reports mainly on decisions made at the June 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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June 2018 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, June 18th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met June 7-13, 2018 in Spokane, Washington. The June 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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September 5-12, 2018 Council Meeting Information (Detailed Agenda and Meeting Notice)

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet September 5-12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington at the following location:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport
18740 International Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98188
Phone: 206-246-8600

September 2018 Detailed Agenda and Meeting Notice

September 2018 briefing book public comment deadlines

  • Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm (Pacific Time), Thursday, August 9, 2018, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the meeting.
  • Public comment materials received at the Council office after the Thursday, August 9, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm (Pacific Time), Monday, August 27, 2018 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the meeting (this is known as the supplemental public comment deadline).
  • 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 Monday, August 27, 2018 5 PM” Deadline

  • Comments received AFTER the August 27, 5 pm date specified above will not be photocopied and distributed by the Council staff.
  • For late comments after the August 27, 5 pm date specified above, individuals need to hand deliver their comments to the Council Secretariat (Cascade 1/2 Room) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport, no later than 5 p.m. the day before the corresponding agenda item is scheduled on the Council’s agenda. These written 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 and videos must be sent to:  Kris.Kleinschmidt@noaa.gov.   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.

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NMFS announces a public meeting (June 29, 2018) to seek input on the definition of fish aggregating devices

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

NMFS announces a public meeting to seek input on the definition of fish aggregating devices (FADs) that could be applied for conservation measures by international fishery management organizations in which the United States participates.

The meeting will be held on Friday June 29, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PDT at the following location:

Pacific Conference Room, Room 300
National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 92037

There will also be a webinar option available. Instructions will be emailed to participants who provide notice.

For further information:

This information posted as a courtesy to NMFS WCR.

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June 2018 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Monday, June 4th, 2018

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

  • Friday, June 8, 2018: beginning at approximately 9:00 AM Pacific Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018 through Wednesday, June 13, 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 June 7-13, 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:

  1. http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  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, 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.

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June 7-13, 2018 Council Meeting Fast Facts

Friday, May 18th, 2018

The June 7-13, 2018 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 June 7-13, 2018 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:

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June 2018 Briefing Book Available Online

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

The Briefing Book for the June 7-13, 2018  Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “June 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:

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Agenda and meeting notice available for the June 7-13, 2018 Council Meeting

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Agenda and meeting notice available for the June 7-13, 2018 Council Meeting:

https://www.pcouncil.org/2018/04/53708/june-7-13-2018-council-meeting/

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to meet April 25-27 in Long Beach, CA (agenda now available)

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting, which is open to the public, Wednesday, April 25, to Friday, April 27, 2018, and will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until business is concluded on each day.

The purpose of the HMSMT meeting is to prepare an analysis of the range of alternatives for authorizing a fishery using deep-set buoy gear adopted by the Pacific Council in September 2017 and March 2018.  The HMSMT will provide an update on the analysis at the Pacific Council’s June 2018 meeting.  The HMSMT may also discuss updates to the HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document and HMS-related matters scheduled on future Council agendas including reporting relative to bycatch performance metrics for the large mesh drift gillnet (DGN) fishery, exempted fishing permit applications, observer coverage in the DGN fishery, and citizenship requirements for the general HMS permit.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location

Room 3400, Third Floor
Glenn M. Anderson Federal Building
501 W. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the meeting will be received from attendees at the discretion of the HMSMT chair.

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 days prior to the meeting date.  For meeting location information, please contact Mr. Lyle Enriquez at 562-980-4025.

For further information about the meeting, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Updated — National Marine Fisheries Service Listening Sessions: Pacific Bluefin Tuna Management Strategy Evaluation

Monday, March 26th, 2018

This meeting information updated 04/03/2018

On April 18, 2018 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is holding a listening session to provide information and receive stakeholder input regarding management strategy evaluation (MSE) activities being conducted by International Scientific Committee on Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC). This MSE listening session will provide a general introduction to the MSE  process, an overview of the ISC-sponsored North Pacific albacore MSE, and review the agenda for the upcoming ISC-sponsored Pacific bluefin tuna MSE workshop. For the information, including the agenda and registration, on the ISC-sponsored Pacific bluefin tuna MSE workshop, please visit the following website:
http://isc.fra.go.jp/reports/isc_mse_workshop_2018.html.

The meeting will be accessible by webinar—instructions and background materials will be emailed to meeting participants that RSVP. Please notify Celia Barroso at Celia.Barroso@noaa.gov or 562-432-1850 by April 11, 2018, if you plan to attend and whether you will be attending in person or remotely.

The meeting will be held at the following locations (concurrently):

Pacific Conference Room, Room 300
National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 92037

Room 3400
Long Beach Federal Building
501 W Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, California 90802

For further information:

This information posted as a courtesy to NMFS WCR.

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