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November 2018 Briefing Book available online

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

The Briefing Book for the November 1-8, 2018  Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “November 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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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Fall 2018

Friday, October 5th, 2018

The Fall 2018 issue of Pacific Council Newsletter is now available on the Council’s website. This newsletter reports mainly on decisions made at the September 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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Council Seeking Nominations for 2019-2021 Advisory Body Terms (nominations have been EXTENDED, and are now due no later than 5 pm, October 23, 2018)

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

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Council Announces New Comment E-Portal

Monday, October 1st, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is proud to announce our new electronic public comment portal (E-Portal).

Starting today, our new E-Portal is in beta testing for the November 2018 Council Meeting. Public comments will still be accepted via pfmc.comments@noaa.gov, but we strongly encourage using the new E-Portal. By the March 2019 Council meeting, the E-Portal will be the only way to submit public comments electronically (paper submissions via mail or fax will be manually entered into the E-Portal by Council staff for the record).

Get to know the E-Portal (link to slideshow, instructions, and YouTube video):

Link to E-portal Demonstration

Link to instructional YouTube video

Link to the new E-Portal (bookmark this page)

If you have questions regarding the E-Portal, please contact Kris Kleinschmidt, PFMC IT Staff, at 503-820-2411.

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Agenda available for the October 3, 2018 Highly Migratory Species Management Team Webinar

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Agenda available for the October 3, 2018 Highly Migratory Species Management Team Webinar https://www.pcouncil.org/?p=55422

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Council Seeking Nominations for 2019-2021 Advisory Body Terms (nominations have been EXTENDED, and are now due no later than 5 pm, October 23, 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, Tuesday, October 23, 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.

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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.

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Quick Link to the September 2018 Briefing Book

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Quick Link to the September 2018 Briefing Book: https://www.pcouncil.org/resources/archives/briefing-books/september-2018-briefing-book/

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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:

  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, 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.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Webinar on October 3, 2018

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public.  The webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018  from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is completed.

Purpose of the Webinar

The purpose of the HMSMT webinar is to 1) prepare for the Council’s November 1-8, 2018 meeting, 2) discuss analytical tasks to support the Council finalizing a range of alternatives for authorizing a fishery using deep-set buoy gear, and 3) discuss other topics related to the management of HMS fisheries.

Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 193-653-531
  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 (213) 929-4232 (not a toll-free number)
  5. Then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 380-095-597
  6. Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

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 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 HMSMT 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 HMSMT webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204, extension 422.

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