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To Be Rescheduled: U.S. stakeholder meetings on Pacific Bluefin Tuna long-term management framework

Friday, January 4th, 2019

The January 9, 2019 U.S. Stakeholder Meetings on Pacific Bluefin Tuna Long-Term Management Framework (hosted and sponsored by NOAA Fisheries) will be RESCHEDULED  due to the U.S. Government shutdown.  The rescheduled date to be determined. The original notice is available by visiting:  https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2018-27645

This notice published as a courtesy to NOAA Fisheries, West Coast Region.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to meet January 16-18 in Portland, OR

Friday, December 7th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting, which is open to the public.  The meeting will be held Wednesday, January 16, through Friday, January 18, 2019.  The meeting will start at 1:00 p.m. on January 16 and 8:30 a.m. on January 17-18 and continue until business is concluded on each day.

The purpose of this meeting is for the HMSMT to discuss and begin preparing reports for North Pacific albacore fishing effort characterization, management strategies for Pacific bluefin tuna, drift gillnet performance metrics, pelagic shallow-set longline scoping, and an updated analysis for the deep-set buoy gear range of alternatives.  The HMSMT will also meet with the Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup to discuss climate scenario planning topics.

Agenda

Meeting Location

Hyatt Place Portland Airport/Cascade Station
Meeting Place 3a
9750 NE Cascades Parkway
Portland, OR 97220
503-288-2808

Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the meeting will be received from attendees at the discretion of the HMSMT chair.

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 503-820-2411, at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the meeting, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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NMFS publishes proposed “List of Fisheries for 2019”; requests comments by November 23, 2018

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2019, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2019 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan requirements.

Please see the Federal Register notice dated October 23, 2018 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by November 23, 2018.

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Council Seeking Nominations for 2019-2021 Advisory Body Terms (nominations have been EXTENDED, and are now due no later than 5 pm, October 23, 2018)

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

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Agenda available for the October 3, 2018 Highly Migratory Species Management Team Webinar

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Agenda available for the October 3, 2018 Highly Migratory Species Management Team Webinar https://www.pcouncil.org/?p=55422

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Webinar on October 3, 2018

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public.  The webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018  from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is completed.

Purpose of the Webinar

The purpose of the HMSMT webinar is to 1) prepare for the Council’s November 1-8, 2018 meeting, 2) discuss analytical tasks to support the Council finalizing a range of alternatives for authorizing a fishery using deep-set buoy gear, and 3) discuss other topics related to the management of HMS fisheries.

Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 193-653-531
  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. Then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 380-095-597
  6. Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

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 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 HMSMT 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 503-280-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the HMSMT webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204, extension 422.

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Public Comment Deadlines for the September 2018 Briefing Book

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

September 2018 briefing book public comment deadlines

  • Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm (Pacific Time), Thursday, August 9, 2018, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the meeting.
  • Public comment materials received at the Council office after the Thursday, August 9, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm (Pacific Time), Monday, August 27, 2018 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the meeting (this is known as the supplemental public comment deadline).
  • You may email your comments to:
    pfmc.comments@noaa.gov or send to the Council office.
  • If your comments contain a PowerPoint or Video presentation, see “How to Submit PowerPoint Presentations or Videos“ below.

Public Comment Guidelines “After the Monday, August 27, 2018 5 PM” Deadline

  • Comments received AFTER the August 27, 5 pm date specified above will not be photocopied and distributed by the Council staff.
  • For late comments after the August 27, 5 pm date specified above, individuals need to hand deliver their comments to the Council Secretariat (Cascade 1/2 Room) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport, no later than 5 p.m. the day before the corresponding agenda item is scheduled on the Council’s agenda. These written submissions should include the submitter’s name, the Council agenda item number, and the Council meeting date.
  • Comments will be accepted in electronic form and hard copy.

The public should be aware that the Council does not have time to thoroughly review extensive written comments submitted at the meeting. The Council’s advisory bodies may not have a chance to review such comment.   The Council will not pay for comments transmitted to the meeting hotel.   Comments submitted that are not in support of oral testimony will be included in the briefing materials for the next Council meeting.

How to Submit PowerPoint Presentations or Videos

If your comments contain a PowerPoint presentation or video, such PowerPoints and videos need to be turned in no later than 5 pm the day before the corresponding agenda item is scheduled on the Council’s agenda.  PowerPoints and videos must be sent to:  Kris.Kleinschmidt@noaa.gov.   Please see the Protocol Policy on submitting electronic slide presentation materials at the Council meetings for full direction, expectations, and equipment available for use during presentations.

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Quick Link to the June 2018 Briefing Book

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Quick Link to the June 2018 Briefing Book: https://www.pcouncil.org/resources/archives/briefing-books/june-2018-briefing-book/

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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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June 2018 Briefing Book Available Online

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

The Briefing Book for the June 7-13, 2018  Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “June 2018 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 written public comment. Advisory body and committee agendas and memos are also available.

For further information:

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