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March 2018 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, March 19th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 8-14, 2018 in Rohnert Park, California. The March 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.



Friday, March 9th, 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.


March 8-14, 2018 Council Meeting Fast Facts

Monday, February 26th, 2018

The March 8-14, 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 March 8-14, 2018 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:


Agenda, meeting notice, and briefing book materials available for the March 8-14, 2018 Council Meeting

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Agenda and meeting notice available for the March 8-14, 2018 Council Meeting

March 8-14, 2018 Council Meeting


March 2018 Briefing Book Available Online

Friday, February 16th, 2018

The Briefing Book for the March 8-14, 2018  Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “March 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:


NMFS Publishes Final Rule: “List of Fisheries for 2018”

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2018, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.  The final LOF for 2018 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals.

This final rule is effective March 9, 2018. Information regarding the LOF may be obtained from the NMFS LOF website. You may also download the Final Rule published February 7, 2018.

For further information, please contact the following NMFS Staff member:

  • Kristy Long, Office of Protected Resources, 301–427–8402
  • Allison Rosner, Greater Atlantic Region, 978–281–9328
  • Jessica Powell, Southeast Region, 727–824– 5312
  • Dan Lawson, West Coast Region, 562–980–3209
  • Suzie Teerlink, Alaska Region, 907– 586–7240
  • Kevin Brindock, Pacific Islands Region, 808–725–5146

Agenda and meeting notice available for the March 8-14, 2018 Council Meeting

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Agenda and meeting notice available for the upcoming March 8-14, 2018 Council Meeting:  https://www.pcouncil.org/?p=51182


Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2018 Briefing Book

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2018 Briefing Book are available on our website at:  https://www.pcouncil.org/?p=51375


Next deadline for submitting completed Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear is 5:00 PM, Pacific Time, Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Next deadline for submitting completed Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear is 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Thursday, February 8, 2018. See our  “Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear” webpage for applications and instructions.


Attention! January 22-24, 2018, Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) Meeting to be Held as a Webinar (agenda posted)

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Due to uncertainty about whether Federal offices will be closed and employees furloughed, the HMSMT meeting due to start on Monday January 22 will be held as a webinar instead of in person at the Federal Building in Long Beach, California.


To Attend the GoToMeeting or GoToWebinar

  1. Click on this link:  https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar   (Click “Join a Webinar” in top right corner of page)
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 590-258-523
  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 1-415-655-0052
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 791-706-621 (You will enter the webinar muted by default)
  6. 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
Driving Directions

Dates, times, and purpose of the webinar

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a webinar from Monday, January 22 to Wednesday, January 24, 2018, which is open to the public.  This webinar will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until business is concluded on each day.

The purpose of the HMSMT webinar is to finalize a preliminary analysis of the range of alternatives for authorizing a fishery using deep-set buoy gear adopted by the Pacific Council in September 2017.  The HMSMT will provide the draft analysis at the Pacific Council’s March 2018 meeting.  At that meeting the Council is scheduled to further refine the alternatives as needed and adopt a preliminary preferred alternative, if possible.  The HMSMT may also discuss updates to the HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document and HMS-related matters scheduled on future Council agendas.

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the EWG chair.

If you have additional questions regarding the EWG webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204, extension 422.