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April 2019 Briefing Book available online

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

The Briefing Book for the April 9-16, 2019  Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “April 2019 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 public comment submitted to our e-portal. Advisory body and committee agendas and memos are also available.

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Agenda available for both the March 25-26, 2019 Pre-Assessment Workshop for Groundfish Stock Assessments and the March 27th Skates Catch Reconstruction Workshop

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

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April 9-16, 2019 Council Meeting Information

Friday, March 15th, 2019

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March 2019 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 7-12, 2019 in Vancouver, Washington USA. The March 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.

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Public Comment E-Portal for the April 2019 Advanced Briefing Book is now open!

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

The Public Comment E-Portal for the April 2019 Advanced Briefing Book is now open.  Visit the E-portal to submit your written comment. Due to recent revisions to the April Council meeting agenda, the deadline for the Advanced Briefing Book has been extended to Tuesday, March 19th, by 5 p.m.  All comments submitted by the deadline will be reviewed and posted to the E-Portal page on March 22nd, 2019.

Visit our Current Council Meeting page for more details.

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Agenda available for GMT April 3, 2019 Webinar

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

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Pre-Assessment Workshop for Groundfish Stock Assessments and Skates Historical Catch Reconstruction Workshop to be held March 25-27, 2019

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a pre-assessment workshop to review proposed data and modeling approaches for groundfish stock assessments scheduled for assessment this year.  The pre-assessment workshop will be followed by a skates historical catch reconstruction workshop to prepare for assessments of big and longnose skates scheduled for later this year.  Both workshops are open to the public.  The workshops will also be streamed online via webinar to facilitate remote participation.

The pre-assessment workshop will be held Monday, March 25, 2019 from 1 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) or when business for the day has been completed.  The workshop will reconvene on Tuesday, March 26 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. or when business has been completed.  The skate historical catch reconstruction workshop will reconvene on Wednesday, March 27 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. or when business has been completed.

Workshop Agenda

Workshop Location

Pacific Fishery Management Council office
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Public Listening Stations

Public listening stations will be available at the following locations:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Room 188
110 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Telephone: 831-420-3947
Driving Directions

The public listening station at the NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Santa Cruz will only be available for the March 25 and 26 pre-assessment workshop and will not be available for the March 27 skates workshop.

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center should bring photo identification to the meeting location.  Visitors who are foreign nationals (defined as a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States) will require additional security clearance to access the NOAA facilities.  Foreign national visitors should contact Ms. Stacey Miller at 541-867-0535 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Main Conference Room
2040 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365
Telephone: 541-867-4741
Driving Directions

Workshop Objectives

The purpose of the pre-assessment workshop is to review proposed data inputs, modeling approaches, and any other pertinent information for new benchmark stock assessments for big skate, longnose skate, sablefish, gopher/black-and-yellow rockfish, and cowcod.  The goal of the pre-assessment workshop is to promote dialogue about and a common understanding between assessment teams and data providers of the best data and analytical and modeling approaches for use in conducting the benchmark groundfish assessments scheduled for 2019.  Participants at the pre-assessment workshop will also review proposed revisions to the Pacific Council’s Accepted Practices Guidelines for Groundfish Stock Assessments document to prepare for these 2019 stock assessments.  The purpose of the skates catch reconstruction workshop is to reconstruct historical catches of west coast skate species to prepare for the big skate and longnose skate stock assessments later this year.  No management actions will be decided by the workshop participants.

Instructions for Attending the Webinar (option)

  1. To attend the webinar visit: https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID, which is 433-536-835, and your name and email address (required).
  3. After logging into the webinar, dial this TOLL number 1+ (213) 929-4232 (not a toll-free number), then enter the Attendee phone audio access code:  596-914-734.
  4. Enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

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

Technical Information and 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 (GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 411 for technical assistance.

Additional Contact Information

If you have further questions, please contact: Mr. John DeVore, Pacific Council; telephone: (503) 820–2413, email: John.DeVore@noaa.gov.

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at (503) 820–2280 at least 10 days prior to the workshop date.

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March 2019 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

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

  • Thursday, March 7, 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, March 8, 2019 through Tuesday, March 12, 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 March 6-12, 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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Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup to Meet in Seattle, WA April 30-May 1, 2019

Monday, February 25th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup will hold a meeting on Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. each day and continue each day until business is concluded.  The primary purpose of the meeting is to review recent information on take of species listed under the Endangered Species Act in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery (other than salmonids). The workgroup will provide recommendations to the Council on any additional mitigation measures needed to meet the requirements of the Act, as implemented through the terms and conditions in the most recent biological opinions for the fishery.

Members of the public can participate in person, via teleconference, and/or through GoToWebinar.  Those details are provided below.

Meeting Location:

Large Conference Room
Building 1
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Western Regional Center
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115‑6349
Driving Directions

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting in person must contact Mr. Brian Hooper (brian.hooper@noaa.gov, 206-526-6117) at least one week prior to the meeting to arrange entrance to this NOAA facility.

To Participate via Webinar:

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 839-781-363
  3. Enter your name and email address (required)

After logging in to the webinar:

  1. Dial this TOLL number 1-914-614-3221 (not a toll-free number)
  2. Enter the attendee phone audio access code 418-920-840
  3. Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the ESW 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 Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204 Ext. 422.

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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Webinar on April 3, 2019

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will convene a webinar meeting to discuss items on the Pacific Council’s April 2019 meeting agenda.  The webinar will be held Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 8 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.  The webinar end time is an estimate, the meeting will adjourn when business for the day is completed.  This meeting is open to the public.

Agenda

Purpose of the Webinar

The primary purpose of the GMT webinar is to prepare for the Pacific Council’s April 2019 agenda items.  The GMT’s task is to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its April 2019 meeting.  The GMT will discuss items related to groundfish management and administrative Pacific Council agenda items.  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.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link:  https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar; then click “Join a Webinar” in top right corner of page
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 935-324-499
  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  196-258-262
  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® 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 (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. Todd Phillips at 503-820-2426;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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