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Friday, November 15th, 2019

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.


November 2019 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Friday, November 8th, 2019

The November 2019 Council meeting will be live‐streamed on the internet during the following hours:

  • Friday, November 15, 2019: beginning at approximately 9:00 AM Pacific Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete
  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 through Wednesday, November 20, 2019: 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 November 2019 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

  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 634-645-459
  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 to listen to the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (562) 247-8422 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone attendee audio access code: 532-691-006; 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.


10/29/19 SRKW Webinar login credentials Updated

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019


November 2019 Briefing Book available online

Friday, October 25th, 2019


NMFS publishes proposed “List of Fisheries for 2020”; requests comments by November 11, 2019

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2020, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2020 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 10, 2019 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by November 11, 2019.


New proposed rules for the groundfish fishery—comment deadlines October 29 and November 12

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Amendment 21-4 and Catch Share Review follow-on actions (Comment deadline October 29)

The proposed rule for Amendment 21-4 to the groundfish fishery management plan (FMP) and other Council regulatory recommendations following from completion of the first five-year program review (follow-on actions) published in the Federal Register on October 10.  The comment period will end on October 29, 2019.

The portions of the proposed rule related to Amendment 21-4 would convert bycatch allocations of canary and widow rockfish to set-asides in the at-sea whiting fishery, remove fixed formulas used to determine bycatch amounts of Pacific Ocean Perch, darkblotched rockfish and widow rockfish in the at-sea whiting sectors, and allow the Council to determine bycatch amounts for these stocks through the biennial harvest specification process.  As a reminder, the Notice of Availability for Amendment 21-4 published in the Federal Register on August 30, 2019.  The public comment period on the Notice of Availability will also end on October 29, 2019, the same day as the comment period end date for the proposed rule.  The decision date to approve, disapprove, or partially approve Amendment 21-4 is November 28, 2019.

The proposed rule also includes follow-on action regulatory changes that would provide increased opportunity to trade individual fishing quota, accumulation limits for catcher-processor permits, and expand economic data collections.

Vessel movement and monitoring (Comment deadline November 12)

The rule proposes revisions to reporting and monitoring provisions for vessels participating in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery. The proposed rule published in the Federal Register on October 10, 2019.  The comment period will end on November 12, 2019.

This proposed action would increase monitoring effectiveness and operational efficiency by:

  • increasing the position transmission rate for certain vessels using NMFS type-approved vessel monitoring system units, including limited entry groundfish vessels, open access vessels using non-groundfish trawl gear (ridgeback prawn, California halibut, and sea cucumber trawl), and any vessels that use open access gear targeting groundfish or that have groundfish bycatch (salmon troll, prawn trap, Dungeness crab, halibut longline, California halibut line gear, and sheephead trap);
  • allowing midwater trawl vessels participating in the Pacific whiting fishery to change their landing declarations while at sea;
  • exempting groundfish trawl vessels from observer coverage while testing authorized fishing gear; and
  • allowing shorebased Individual Fishing Quota fixed gear vessels to deploy pot gear in one management area while retrieving gear from another management area on a single trip.

Agenda and Meeting Notice for November 14-20 Council Meeting now available

Thursday, October 10th, 2019


The Public Comment E-Portal for the November 2019 Council Meeting is now open

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019


2020 Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and Annual Regulation Proposed Changes, Including the Non-Indian Directed Commercial Fishery

Monday, September 30th, 2019

The Council adopted for public review proposed changes to the 2019 Area 2A Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and annual fishing regulations. These changes are specific to the Washington and Oregon recreational fisheries and are described in the reports provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Agenda Item G.1.a, Supplemental WDFW Report, September, 2019) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (Agenda Item G.1.a, ODFW Report, September, 2019).  No changes were proposed for the California sub-area recreational fisheries.

In addition, the Council adopted for public review two preliminary recommendations for the 2020 Area 2A non-Indian directed commercial halibut fishery, which are provided here.

The Council is scheduled to adopt the final changes to the 2020 CSP and annual fishing regulations at their November 15-20 meeting in Costa Mesa, California. Public comment materials received through the e-portal BY 5:00 pm, Thursday, October 17, 2019, will be available to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the November meeting. Public comment materials received via e-portal  after the October 17, 2019, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm, Monday, November 4, 2019 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the November meeting. To submit public comment on this topic for the November Council meeting, please visit the e-portal here.

For further information, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at (503) 820-2410; or toll free 1-866-806-7204.


September 2019 Decision Summary Document Online

Friday, September 20th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 13-18, 2019 in Boise, Idaho. The September 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.