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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet in Long Beach, CA August 7-8, 2019

Monday, July 8th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting, which is open to the public, Wednesday, August 7, and Thursday, August 8, 2019, and will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until business is concluded on each day.

The purpose of the HMSMT meeting is to review the analysis of the range of alternatives (including the preliminary preferred alternative) for authorizing a fishery using deep-set buoy gear adopted by the Council in March 2019.  The Council is scheduled to use this analysis to choose a final preferred alternative at its September 2019 meeting.  The HMSMT may also discuss other HMS items on upcoming Council meeting agendas and associated tasks. These items may include international management of HMS, review of exempted fishing permit proposals and related process issues, potential actions by the Council on the pelagic longline and large mesh drift gillnet fisheries, and updates to the HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document. An agenda listing candidate discussion topics will be made available on the Council website in advance of the meeting.

Meeting Location

Room 3300, Third Floor
Glenn M. Anderson Federal Building
501 W. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
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 meeting location information, please contact Mr. Lyle Enriquez at 562-980-4025.

Visitors need to present photo ID and pass through electronic security equipment to enter the building.

There is no visitor parking available in the building for the general public.  Metered street parking is nearby. Commercial parking lots are within walking distance to the building.

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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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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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Webinar June 6, 2019

Monday, May 13th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public.  The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019  from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Pacific Daylight  Time, or when business for the day is completed.

Webinar Agenda

Purpose of the Webinar

The primary purpose of this HMSMT webinar is to prepare for the June 2019 Pacific Council meeting. The HMS topics on the Pacific Council’s June agenda are: 1) National Marine Fisheries Report, 2) International Management Recommendations, 3) Yellowfin Tuna Overfishing Response, 4) Drift Gillnet Fishery Performance Metrics Review, 5) Review and Recommendations on Exempted Fishing Permit Applications, and 6) Review of Deep-Set Buoy Gear Authorization Analyses. The HMSMT may also discuss other items related to HMS 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.  No management actions will be decided by the HMSMT.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 544-381-883
  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 (562) 247-8321 (not a toll-free number)
  5. Then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 835-605-745
  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 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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First Announcement: ISC Sponsored Pacific Bluefin Tuna MSE Workshop 20 – 21 May 2019

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

The ISC Sponsored Pacific Bluefin Tuna Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) Workshop will be held 20–21 May 2019.

The venue of the MSE Workshop will be:

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
2150 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101 U.S.A.
http://www.tomhamslighthouse.com

The contacts for the MSE Workshop at the ISC are:

Contact for registration and logistical matters:

Ms. Freddie Logan
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, CA  92037 U.S.A.
Tel: +1-858-546-5621
Mail: freddie.logan@noaa.gov

You may also download the 2019 MSE Workshop Announcement for further information.

This information posted as a courtesy to the ISC, NOAA (Dr. Gerard DiNardo), and SAC.

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Next deadline for submitting completed Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear is 5:00 PM, Pacific Time, Thursday, May 23, 2019

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Next deadline for submitting completed Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear is 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Thursday, May 23, 2019. See our “Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear” webpage for applications and instructions.

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Agenda available for the February 22, 2019 Highly Migratory Species Management Team webinar

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

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March 2019 Briefing Book available online

Friday, February 15th, 2019

The Briefing Book for the March 6-12, 2019  Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “March 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 written public comment. Advisory body and committee agendas and memos are also available.

For further information:

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Request for nominations: two At-Large positions on the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC)

Friday, February 8th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking qualified candidates to consider for two At-Large positions on its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC).  The successful candidates will serve out the remainder of the 2019-2021 Council advisory body term.

The Council relies on its SSC for independent, objective advice and analysis about verifiable scientific evidence and theoretical methodologies regarding west coast fishery management approaches and practices.  The successful candidate should have knowledge of west coast fisheries and strong scientific expertise in statistics, biology, ecosystem dynamics, economics, fisheries management, population dynamics, fishery-related social science, or other related fields. At this time the Council is particularly interested in candidates experienced in oceanography and/or climate science.

To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m., Pacific Time, Friday, March 15, 2019.

The Council is committed to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving nominations from a broad spectrum of people. Eligibility or selection for these positions will not be based on race, color, national origin, handicap, age, religion, or sexual orientation.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Webinar February 22, 2019

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public.  The webinar will be held on Friday, February  22, 2019  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 primary purpose of this HMSMT webinar is to prepare for the March 2019 Council meeting.  The HMS topics on the Council’s March agenda are: 1) National Marine Fisheries Report, 2) International Management Recommendations, and 3) Drift Gillnet Fishery Performance Metrics Review.  The HMSMT may also discuss other items related to HMS 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 HMSMT may also address other assignments relating to HMS management.  No management actions will be decided by the HMSMT.

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: 544-381-883
  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 (562) 247-8321 (not a toll-free number)
  5. Then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 835-605-745
  6. Then 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 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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Feb 6-7, 2019 NMFS North Pacific Albacore MSE Mtg CANCELLED

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Due to the partial shutdown of the federal government, National Marine Fisheries Service West Coast Region is cancelling the February 6-7, 2019 meeting, to solicit public input on preliminary results of the North Pacific albacore Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) conducted by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific. Once the partial shutdown is over, NMFS will announce any arrangements to reschedule the meeting.

PFMC
1/24/19

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