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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Webinar on February 27, 2019

Thursday, January 17th, 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 March 2019 meeting agenda.  The webinar will be held Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 9 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Pacific Standard 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.

The primary purpose of the GMT webinar is to prepare for the Pacific Council’s March 2019 agenda items.  The GMT’s task is to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its March 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
    Enter the Webinar ID: 935-324-499
  2. Please enter your name and email -address (required)
  3. You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (415) 655-0052
  4. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  196-258-262
  5. 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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Methodology Review Meeting to be held February 12-14, 2019 in Santa Cruz, CA

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will hold a methodology review meeting February 12-14, 2019.  The meeting will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time and will end at 5 p.m. or when business for the day has been completed.  This meeting will also occur via a “listen only” webinar.

Purpose of the Meeting

The purpose of the Pacific Council methodology review meeting is to evaluate and review fishery independent visual survey methodologies, using ROVs, for nearshore groundfish species off the states of Oregon and California.  West coast nearshore groundfish stock assessments have identified the current lack of fishery-independent data sources as a research and data need.  Both Oregon and California have conducted ROV surveys of rockfish in nearshore areas, focusing on rocky reef habitat, and, in California, on areas inside and outside of Marine Protected Areas.

The goals and objectives specific to the review of the new ROV survey methodologies are to: 1) evaluate the sampling design used in recent (2010-2017) ROV surveys conducted by the states of Oregon and California; 2) evaluate proposed methods to develop indices or estimates of abundance for these ROV surveys, including using habitat/substrate type and Marine Protected Area designation as covariates; 3) evaluate proposed methods to estimate size and age compositions of observed species; and 4) identify potential impediments to developing independent indices or estimates of abundance using these ROV surveys and incorporating them into stock assessments.  This methodology review will likely provide the basis for future ROV surveys and the development of indices or estimates of abundance for those areas surveyed in Oregon and California, as well as the expansion of such methods to other areas within those states and/or within Washington State.

No management actions will be decided by the Pacific Council methodology review meeting participants.  The Pacific Council methodology review meeting participants’ role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Pacific Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee and the Pacific Council at their April meeting in Rohnert Park, California.

Meeting Location

The meeting will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Santa Cruz Laboratory
110 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-420-3900
Driving Directions

Listen Only Webinar Option

To attend the “listen only” webinar, visit this link: https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar.  Enter the Webinar ID: 951-132-995, and 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 +1-213-929-4232 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone attendee audio access code: 733-934-828.  Enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).  There will be no technical assistance available for the “listen only” webinar.  If there are technical difficulties, the broadcast may end and may not be restarted.

For further information

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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Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup to Hold Meeting, February 19-20, 2019 in Seattle

Friday, January 4th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup (GESW) will hold a meeting on Tuesday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 20, 2019. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. each day and continue each day until business is concluded.  Members of the public can participate in person or via teleconference through “Go To Meeting.”  Those details are provided below.

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review recent information on take of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) 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 ESA, as implemented through the terms and conditions in the most recent biological opinion for the fishery.

Meeting Location

Building 9
Rooms A and B
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Western Regional Center
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115‑6349
Telephone: 206-526- 6117
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 Teleconference

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 775-062-523
  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
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 763-445-525
  6. Enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

Technical Information

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, 8, 9, 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 GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2411 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 GESW 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 meeting, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204 Ext. 422.

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Methodology Review Meeting to be held January 22-24, 2019 in Seattle, WA

Monday, December 17th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will hold a methodology review meeting January 22-24, 2019.  The meeting begins Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) or until business for the day has been completed. The meeting will reconvene on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 and Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. PST each day and continue until business for the day has been completed.  This meeting will also occur via webinar.

Purpose of the Meeting

The purpose of the Pacific Council methodology review meeting is to review 1) a new meta-analysis informing a Beverton-Holt steepness prior for west coast rockfish species, 2) analyses of uncertainty in groundfish and coastal pelagic species stock assessments informing new sigma values used in computing acceptable biological catches, 3) historical catch reconstructions of west coast skate species, and 4) revisions to the Accepted Practices Guidelines for Groundfish Stock Assessments.  The review will focus on how these analyses may inform future stock assessments and other analyses used to make management decisions by the Pacific Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

No management actions will be decided by the Pacific Council methodology review meeting participants.  The Pacific Council methodology review meeting participants’ role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Pacific Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee and the Pacific Council at the March meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

Meeting Location

The meeting will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Auditorium (Jan. 22-23), Room 370W (Jan. 24)
2725 Montlake Boulevard E.
Seattle, WA 98112
206-860-3200
Driving Directions

Webinar Option – To Attend the Webinar

To attend the webinar on January 22, 1) join the meeting by visiting this link https://nwfsc200.webex.com/nwfsc200/; and 2) enter the attendee access code: 282-836-773.  After logging into the webinar, please dial this TOLL number: 1-650-479-3207 (not a toll-free number).

To attend the webinar on January 23, 1) join the meeting by visiting this link https://nwfsc200.webex.com/nwfsc200/; and 2) enter the attendee access code: 288-092-251.  After logging into the webinar, please dial this TOLL number: 1-650-479-3207 (not a toll-free number).

To attend the webinar on January 24, 1) join the meeting by visiting this link https://nwfsc.webex.com/nwfsc/; and 2) enter the attendee access code: 282-906-863.  After logging into the webinar, please dial this TOLL number: 1-650-479-3208 (not a toll-free number).

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

You may send an email to the NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center IT Help desk at NWFSC.Helpdesk@noaa.gov or contact them at 206-860-3256 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

For further information

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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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Work Session in Portland, OR January 14-18

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a week-long work session that is open to the public.   The GMT meeting will be held Monday, January 14, 2019 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed.  The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, January 15 through Friday, January 18 from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed.

Agenda

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of this week-long work session is for the GMT to prepare for 2019 Pacific Council meetings. Specific agenda items will include: a detailed review of 2019/2020 harvest specifications and management measure process, planning for the 2021/2022 harvest specifications and management measure process, meeting with representatives from the Pacific Council’s Ecosystem Workgroup; consideration of the groundfish workload prioritization process and Council Operating Procedure 9, Endangered Species Act salmon mitigation measures, and GMT chair/vice chair elections.  The GMT may also address work assigned by the Pacific Council that relates to groundfish management, such as: a methodology overview of Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee analysis needs and impact analysis of proposed changes to the directed Pacific halibut fishery on groundfish.  A detailed agenda will be available prior to the meeting.

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Pacific Council Office
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

For further information

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.

For further information about the work session, please contact Mr. Todd Phillips at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Nominations sought for open positions on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee — accepted through December 24, 2018

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

NOAA Fisheries is seeking nominations to fill vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC).  MAFAC advises the Secretary of Commerce on all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce.  The Committee draws on its members’ expertise and other sources to evaluate and make recommendations to the Secretary and NOAA on the development and implementation of Department regulations, policies, and programs critical to the mission and goals of the NOAA Fisheries Service.

MAFAC members represent a wide spectrum of fisheries, protected resources, and marine habitat interests; tribal, seafood, environmental, academic, consumer, and other related national interests. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in one of these fields and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings and between-meeting subcommittee work.  Individuals serve for a term of three years, and if re-appointed, may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

A MAFAC member cannot be a Federal employee, a member of a Regional Fishery Management Council, a registered Federal lobbyist, or a State employee.  Membership is voluntary, and except for reimbursable travel and related expenses, service is without pay. The committee functions solely as an advisory body (complying fully with the Federal Advisory Committee Act) which reports to the Secretary.

Full nomination instructions and guidelines are details in the Federal Register notice and on this MAFAC webpage.

For more information please contact Jennifer Lukens, Executive Director of MAFAC, jennifer.lukens@noaa.gov or Heidi Lovett, Assistant Director, heidi.lovett@noaa.gov.

This information posted at the request of Alan Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, NOAA.
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Pacific Fishery Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest Fisheries Science Center to Hold Webinar December 14, 2018

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) AND the National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC)  will hold a meeting via webinar on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) or until business for the day has been completed.  The webinar meeting is open to the public.

Purpose of the Webinar

The purpose of the Pacific Council and NWFSC webinar meeting is to review available data and solicit knowledge from participants that may inform the next assessments of West Coast cabezon scheduled to be conducted next year.

No management actions will be decided by participants in the Pacific Council and NWFSC webinar meeting.  Information gathered during the webinar may be used to inform next year’s assessments of cabezon on the West Coast.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 528-106-707
  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: 1-213-929-4232 (not a toll-free number)
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 308-416-601
  6. Enter your audio phone PIN (shown after joining the webinar)

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 GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

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

Public Listening Station

Public listening stations will also be provided at the following locations:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

University of Washington
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Room FSH 203
Seattle, WA 98195
Driving Directions

Hatfield Marine Science Center
Guin Library, Barry Fisher Room
2030 Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365
Driving Directions

Additional information

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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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.

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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:

  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, 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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November 1-8, 2018 PFMC Meeting Fast Facts

Friday, October 19th, 2018

The November 1-8, 2018 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).

November 2018 PFMC Meeting Fast Facts

If you have additional questions regarding the November 1-8, 2018 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:

PFMC
10/19/2018

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