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June 2018 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, June 18th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met June 7-13, 2018 in Spokane, Washington. The June 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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September 5-12, 2018 Council Meeting Information

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet September 5-12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington at the following location:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport
18740 International Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98188
Phone: 206-246-8600

Agenda and Meeting Notice

The detailed agenda and meeting notice that includes logistic information will be posted to this webpage as it becomes available. If you would like a notification when the finalized agenda and meeting notice are posted and are not already on our electronic mailing list, please sign up for the PFMC List-Serv today.

In the interim, you may download the DRAFT Proposed September 5-12, 2018 Council Meeting Quick Reference Agenda (version 06/12/2018; 3:52 PM). Please note, agenda items are subject to change at any time. Days may be adjusted or added depending on Council workload and facilities availability, or other unforeseen circumstances.

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PRELIMINARY DRAFT JUNE 2018 MOTIONS IN WRITING

Friday, June 8th, 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.

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NMFS announces a public meeting (June 29, 2018) to seek input on the definition of fish aggregating devices

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

NMFS announces a public meeting to seek input on the definition of fish aggregating devices (FADs) that could be applied for conservation measures by international fishery management organizations in which the United States participates.

The meeting will be held on Friday June 29, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PDT at the following location:

Pacific Conference Room, Room 300
National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 92037

There will also be a webinar option available. Instructions will be emailed to participants who provide notice.

For further information:

This information posted as a courtesy to NMFS WCR.

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June 2018 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Monday, June 4th, 2018

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

  • Friday, June 8, 2018: beginning at approximately 9:00 AM Pacific Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018 through Wednesday, June 13, 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 June 7-13, 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, 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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Adhoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee to Meet June 29, 2018

Friday, June 1st, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a meeting of its adhoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee (SaMTAAC).  The meeting is open to the public.

This will be the first SaMTAAC meeting and its primary purpose is to orient the SaMTAAC and its advisors around to its charge, review information and alternatives already developed, and identify additional information that may be helpful to the committee for its first full meeting.

The committee’s charge is as follows: Identifying obstacles to achieving the goals and objectives of the catch share plan related to under attainment of non-sablefish trawl allocations and unharvested sablefish quota pounds (QP) south of 36° N. latitude.  As appropriate to overcome identified obstacles, the committee will discuss and develop options, including but not limited to, actions that may modify rules for gear switching by trawl permit holders and QP leasing to vessels using fixed gear, as well as options that may encourage increased utilization of sablefish QPs south of 36° N. latitude.

Agenda

Meeting Date

The meeting will be held Friday, June 29, 2018, starting at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time and will end when business for the day has been completed.

Meeting Location

The meeting will be held at the following location:

Watertown Hotel
Freemont/Montlake Room
4242 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Telephone: 1-206-826-4242

Driving Directions

Additional Information

The 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 503-820-2280, ext. 411, at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about this meeting, please contact  Dr. Jim Seger at 503-820-2416; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

 

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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Webinar May 30, 2018

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar which is open to the public.  The GMT webinar will be held Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.  The webinar end time is an estimate, the meeting will adjourn when business for the day is completed.

The primary purpose of the GMT webinar is to prepare for the June 2018 Pacific Council meeting.  A detailed agenda for the webinar will be available on the Pacific Council’s website prior to the meeting.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT.  The GMT’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its June 2018 meeting.

Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link:
    https://www.gotomeeting.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 798-578-157
  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 (669) 224-3412
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  798-578-157
  6. Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

NOTE: We have disabled Mic/Speakers as on option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate.

Technical Information and 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 (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 GMT 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 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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April 2018 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Friday, April 13th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met April 5-11, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. The April 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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Availability of an interactive web tool designed to support decision making on Amendment 28

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council announces the availability of an interactive web tool designed to support decision making on Amendment 28 (essential fish habitat and rockfish conservation area modifications for Pacific Coast groundfish).

Go to http://www.soundgis.com/efh/efh2018-metrics/ then click on “How To” for instructions on how to use the web tool.

The Council is scheduled to take final action on Amendment 28 at the April Council meeting, on Monday April 9, 2018.

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Quick Link to the April 2018 Briefing Book

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Quick Link to the April 2018 Briefing Book:  https://bit.ly/2Gatwgp

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