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March 2019 E-Portal for Public Comments is now open

Friday, January 25th, 2019

The Public Comment E-Portal for the March Advanced Briefing Book is now open.  Visit the E-portal to submit your written comment. The deadline for the Advanced Briefing Book is February 7th, by 5pm.  All comments submitted by the deadline will be reviewed and posted to the E-Portal page on February 15, 2019.

Visit our Current Council Meeting page for more details.


Feb 6-7, 2019 NMFS North Pacific Albacore MSE Mtg CANCELLED

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Due to the partial shutdown of the federal government, National Marine Fisheries Service West Coast Region is cancelling the February 6-7, 2019 meeting, to solicit public input on preliminary results of the North Pacific albacore Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) conducted by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific. Once the partial shutdown is over, NMFS will announce any arrangements to reschedule the meeting.



Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) meeting originally scheduled next week has been modified due to Partial Government Shutdown

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

The Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) meeting originally scheduled for January 22-24 at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center will take place on a modified basis.  Please note the start time and days, which have both changed.  Although we will likely not have participation from our Federal members, the team is committed to moving forward on tasks and products due in the next few months.  The meeting is open to the public.


CPSMT January 22-23. 2019 DRAFT Agenda  (version 1/15/19)

When: Tuesday 1/22 8:30am – 5pm and Wednesday 1/23 8:30am – 12pm
Where: Buzzelli/Loeb room of the Scripps Seaside Forum, 8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA 92037.
Additional information including parking info and a map can be found here.

Please contact Kerry Griffin ( with any questions.



Monday, January 14th, 2019

IS THE COUNCIL IMPACTED BY THE SHUTDOWN?  The Council staff is at work and conducting business as usual. However, most of our Federal partners at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS, West Coast Region and the Northwest and Southwest Fisheries Science Centers), the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are on furlough during the shutdown.

WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS?  Since many NMFS scientists and fishery management specialists are key contributors to the Council’s analyses, Management Teams and Committees, the Council is rescheduling or modifying the agendas for several meetings where NMFS representatives were expected to provide pivotal presentations, reports, and/or analyses.  We will be evaluating each meeting on a case by case basis, but at this time we expect the January 14-18 Groundfish Management Team, the January 15-16 Ecosystem Workgroup, and the January 22-25 Salmon Technical Team meetings to occur as scheduled, with or without a resolution to the shutdown.  We have, however, canceled the January 16-18 HMSMT meeting and the January 22-24 Scientific and Statistical Committee Methodology Review meeting.

WHAT ABOUT THE COUNCIL’S MARCH AND APRIL 2019 MEETINGS?  The Council’s March meeting in Vancouver, Washington at the Hilton Hotel and April meeting in Rohnert Park, California at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma will occur as scheduled, including all advisory body meetings. If the partial government shutdown remains in place, the Council will conduct as much business as possible given the Federal furlough.  We will provide updates if there is a need to modify either the March or April agendas by the first of week of February, should the shutdown last that long, or earlier as appropriate.


Groundfish Management Team: The Council’s GMT will meet as scheduled January 14-18 at the Council Office in Portland.

Ecosystem Workgroup: The Council’s ad hoc EWG will meet as scheduled January 15-16 at -the Hyatt Place Portland Airport.

Salmon Technical Team: The Council’s STT will meet as scheduled January 22-25 at the Council Office in Portland.

Highly Migratory Species Management Team: The Council’s HMSMT January 16-18 meeting in Portland has been cancelled.

Scientific and Statistical Committee: The Council’s SSC January -24 Methodology Review Meeting in Seattle has been cancelled.

At this point, no changes have been made to other Council advisory body meetings. Further information and updates on all Council meetings can be found on the Pacific Council website.


Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Winter 2018

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

The Winter 2018 issue of Pacific Council Newsletter is now available on the Council’s website. This newsletter reports mainly on decisions made at the November 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.


Draft salmon rebuilding plans on two Chinook stocks will be available in early January 2019 for public comment

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

At the November 2018 Council meeting, draft salmon rebuilding plans for Sacramento and Klamath River Fall Chinook were approved for public review, along with the Council’s suggested revisions to these two plans.  The Salmon Technical Team will continue to develop these plans, and incorporate the suggested revisions.  Updated drafts will be posted on the Council website for public comment in early January.


November 2018 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 3-8, 2018 in San Diego, California. The November 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.


Pacific Fishery Management Council Appoints Advisory Body Members for the 2019-2021 Term

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

The Council appreciates all of the nominees’ interest and willingness to serve.  The Council reviewed the nominations and appointed Advisory Body representatives to the following positions for the 2019-2021 Advisory Body term.  Additionally, the Council increased the number of California Sport positions on the Salmon Advisory Subpanel from one to two.

The Council will solicit nominations for most of the remaining vacancies, including two at-large positions on the Scientific and Statistical Committee, after the November 2018 Council meeting for consideration at the March 2019 Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington.  Visit the Council’s Advisory Body Vacancies web page for details.

Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel:

California Commercial (3 Positions)

Mr. David Crabbe

Mr. David Haworth

Mr. Nick Jurlin

Oregon Commercial

Mr. Ryan Kapp

Washington Commercial

Mr. Daniel Crome

California Processor

Ms. Diane Pleschner-Steele

Oregon Processor

Mr. Mike Okoniewski

Washington Processor

Mr. Albert Carter

California Sport/Charter

Mr. Steve Crooke


Ms. Gillian Lyons

Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel:

California (3 At-large Positions)

Dr. Pete Adams

Ms. Corey Ridings

Mr. Donald Maruska

Oregon (3 At-large Positions)

Mr. Scott McMullen

Ms. Gway Rogers-Kirchner

Dr. Andrew Thurber

Washington (3 At-large Positions)

Mr. Paul Dye

Dr. Terrie Klinger

Mr. Nate Stone

Groundfish Advisory Subpanel:

Fixed Gear (3 At-large)

Mr. Bob Alverson

Ms. Michele Longo-Eder

Mr. Gerry Richter

Bottom Trawl

Mr. Travis Hunter

Mid-Water Trawl

Mr. Jeff Lackey

At-Large Trawl (2 Positions)

Mr. Kevin Dunn

Ms. Sarah Nayani

Open Access South of Cape Mendocino

Mr. Daniel Platt

Open Access North of Cape Mendocino

Mr. Jeffery Miles

Processors (2 At-large Positions)

Ms. Susan Chambers

Mr. Tom Libby

At-Sea Processor

Mr. Daniel Waldeck

California Charter South of Point Conception

Mr. Merit McCrea

California Charter North of Point Conception

Mr. Robert Ingles

Oregon Charter

Mr. Loren Goddard

Washington Charter

Mr. Thomas Burlingame

Sport Fisheries (3 At-large Positions)

Mr. John Holloway

Mr. Tom Marking

Mr. Dale Meyer


Mr. Shems Jud

Tribal Fisheries

Mr. Steve Joner

Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel:

Commercial Troll

Mr. Wayne Heikkila

Commercial Purse Seine

Mr. Michael Conroy

Commercial Gillnet

Mr. Gary Burke

Commercial Fisheries (2 At-large Positions)

Mr. Douglas Fricke

Mr. William Sutton

Processor South of Cape Mendocino

Mr. Dave Rudie

Processor North of Cape Mendocino

Ms. Nancy Fitzpatrick

California Charter Boat

Mr. Mike Thompson

Washington/Oregon Charter Boat

Ms. Linda Buell

Private Sport

Mr. Bob Osborne


Ms. Melissa Mahoney

Public At-large

Ms. Pamela Tom


Mr. Austen Brown

Salmon Advisory Subpanel:

California Troll

Mr. John Koeppen

Oregon Troll

Mr. Darus Peake

Washington Troll

Mr. Greg Mueller

Commercial Gillnet Fishery

Mr. Greg Johnson


Mr. Gerald Reinholdt

California Charter Boat

Mr. John Atkinson

Oregon Charter Boat

Mr. Mike Sorensen

Washington Charter Boat

Mr. Butch Smith

California Sport (2 positions)

Mr. Jim Yarnall

Mr. James Stone

Oregon Sport

Mr. Richard Heap

Washington Sport

Mr. Dave Johnson

Idaho Sport

Dr. Richard Scully

California Tribal

Mr. Dave Hillemeier


Ms. Megan Mueller

Habitat Committee:

Commercial Fishing Industry

Mr. Noah Oppenheim

Sport Fishing Industry

Ms. Liz Hamilton


Mr. Tom Rudolph

California Tribal

Mr. Justin Alvarez

At-large (2 Positions)

Dr. Scott Heppell

Mr. Stephen Scheiblauer

Scientific and Statistical Committee:

At-Large (8 Positions, 2 Vacancies Remain)

Dr. Aaron Berger

Dr. Michael Harte

Dr. Dan Holland

Dr. André Punt

Dr. William Satterthwaite

Dr. Rishi Sharma

Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee

Conservation Representative

Ms. Melissa Mahoney



Sunday, November 4th, 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.


November 2018 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Friday, October 26th, 2018

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

  • Saturday, November 3, 2018: beginning at approximately 10:00 AM Pacific Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete
  • Sunday, November 4, 2018 through Thursday, November 8, 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 November 1-8, 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:

  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.