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The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission will hold its 15th Regular Session of the Northern Committee in Portland, Oregon, 3 to 6 September 2019

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

If you are interested in contributing to the upcoming NC15 meeting as part of the U.S. delegation, please contact Emily Crigler (emily.crigler@noaa.gov) by COB June 28, 2019. Final selection of delegation participation is at the discretion of NOAA. Please do not register for the meeting until you hear back from Emily Crigler.

You may download the WCPFC Circular No.: 2019/29 to view the 3-6, September 2019 meeting announcement.

 

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PRELIMINARY DRAFT JUNE 2019 MOTIONS IN WRITING

Friday, June 21st, 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.

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Quick link to the June 2019 Briefing Book!

Friday, June 14th, 2019

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June 19-25, 2019 PFMC Meeting Fast Facts

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

The June 19-25, 2019 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting “Fast Facts” are available. Fast Facts are answers to FAQs that can help you get oriented for the upcoming meeting (transportation options, internet code, hotel map).

If you have additional questions regarding the June 19-25, 2019 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:

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June 2019 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

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

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019: beginning at approximately 9:00 AM Pacific Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete
  • Friday, June 21, 2019 through Tuesday, June 25, 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 June 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

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

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Notice of Availability – Amendment 28 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan

Monday, June 10th, 2019

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a Notice of Availability for Amendment 28 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP).  Amendment 28 includes a new configuration of areas closed to bottom trawling to protect essential fish habitat (EFH), it removes the trawl rockfish conservation area off Oregon and California, and it includes a deep water closer of groundfish bottom contact fishing in West Coast waters deeper than 3500 meters.  Amendment 28 also revises the suite of FMP appendices and makes other EFH-related changes.  NMFS will be taking comment on Amendment 28 and related documents.
NMFS is taking public comment through August 10, 2019.  See the NOA for instructions on how to comment.
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Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup to Meet July 2 and July 23-24

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council)  Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) Workgroup (Workgroup) will convene two meetings, which are open to the public.  The first meeting, to be held via webinar, will convene on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), or until business for the day has been completed. The second meeting, to be held in-person, will convene Tuesday, July 23, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT, or until business for the day has been completed.  It will continue on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. PDT, or until business for the day has been completed.  These are public meetings and not public hearings.  Public comments will be taken at the discretion of the Workgroup co-chairs as time allows.

Purpose of the Meeting

July 2 (webinar) – The purpose of the webinar is to update all Workgroup members on relevant proceedings from the June 2019 Pacific Council meeting, and continue discussions on the data needs and progress in developing a draft risk analysis.  The Workgroup may also discuss their work plan and progress made on assigned tasks related to the Workgroup’s prime objective of reassessing the effects of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on the Chinook salmon prey base of SRKW.

July 23-24 (in-person) – The purpose of the meeting is to continue work on the draft risk analysis, and provide any updates or additional status information that may address data gaps and questions identified at the May 23-24, and the July 2, 2019 meetings.  The Workgroup may also discuss their work plan and progress made on assigned tasks related to the Workgroup’s prime objective of reassessing the effects of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on the Chinook salmon prey base of SRKW.  Additional topics of discussion may include, but are not limited to, the criteria and methodology developed to evaluate risk, and scoping of management/conservation tools may be included in the discussion if warranted.

Background

At the March 2019 Pacific Council meeting, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced plans to reinitiate Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation on the effect of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on SRKW.  NMFS and the Pacific Council agreed on a collaborative approach and began establishing work plans and a tentative schedule.  At the April 2019 meeting, the Pacific Council formed the Workgroup to reassess the effects of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on the Chinook salmon prey base of SRKW.  A draft Terms of Reference was reviewed by the Pacific Council which describes the purpose of the Workgroup, a proposed timeline to accomplish this task, and a list of participants.  Supporting documents can be found on the Pacific Council’s website under the April 2019 Briefing Book (https://www.pcouncil.org/resources/archives/briefing-books/april-2019-briefing-book, Agenda Item F.3.a, Supplemental NMFS Report 1, April 2019 and Agenda Item D.6.a, Supplemental NMFS Report 1, April 2019).  Materials presented during past Workgroup meetings may be found on the NMFS West Coast Regional website (https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/west-coast/southern-resident-killer-whales-and-fisheries-interaction-workgroup).

To Attend the Webinar on 7/2

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 526-133-259
  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 (914) 614-3221 (not a toll-free number)
  5. Then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 294-147-773
  6. Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

Technical Information

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 10, 8, 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 Ms. Sandra Krause or contact her at 503-820-2280, extension 419 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

Meeting Location on 7/23-24

This meeting will be held at the following location:

Hilton Vancouver Hotel
Hemlock/Oak Meeting Room
300 W. Sixth Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
Telephone: 360-993-4500
Driving Directions

Additional Information

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Ms. Sandra Krause at 503-820-2419, at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at (503) 820-2410; or toll-free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 410.

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June 2019 Briefing Book available online

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

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NOAA General Counsel seeking comments on Penalty Policy by June 3, 2019

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announces the availability of draft revisions to NOAA’s Policy for the Assessment of Civil Administrative Penalties and Permit Sanctions (Penalty Policy) for public review and comment.

The draft revisions to the Penalty Policy will remain available for public review until June 3, 2019. To ensure that comments will be considered, NOAA must receive written comments by June 3, 2019.

Please see the Federal Register notice dated May 2, 2019 to view the draft Penalty Policy and to view instructions on how to comment.

For further information, please contact NOAA staff member Meggan Engelke-Ros at 301-427-2202.

 

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Materials available for the May 29, 2019 Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy and Technical Advisory Committees webinar

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

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