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Area 2A Pacific Halibut Managers Coordination Meeting to be held via Webinar on January 3

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will host a webinar meeting of the Area 2A Pacific halibut governmental management entities, which will be open to the public, on Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific time, or until business for the day is completed.

The primary purpose of the Area 2A Pacific halibut manager’s meeting is to prepare and develop recommendations for the 2019 International Pacific Halibut Commission’s (IPHC) annual meeting in Victoria, BC from January 28 through February 1.  Recommendations generated from the meeting will be communicated to the IPHC by the Pacific Council’s representative, Mr. Phil Anderson.  Attendees may also address other topics relating to Pacific halibut management.  No management actions will be decided by the attendees.  The meeting will be open to the public, and the agenda, which will be posted on the Pacific Council website prior to the meeting, will provide for a public comment period.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 991-995-667
  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
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 906-460-333
  6. 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 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

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 503-280-2425 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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April 2018 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, March 26th, 2018

The Briefing Book for the April 5-11, 2018  Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “April 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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2018 Salmon Preseason Report I available online

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

The Council’s annual Preseason Report I is available online. This report is the second report in an annual series of four reports prepared to document and help guide ocean fishery salmon management off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California.  The report focuses on Chinook, coho, and pink salmon stocks that have been important in determining Council fisheries in recent years, and on stocks listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with established National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) ESA consultation standards.  This report will be formally reviewed at the Council’s March 8-14, 2018 meeting in Rohnert Park, CA.

This report provides 2018 salmon stock abundance forecasts, and an analysis of the impacts of 2017 management measures or regulatory procedures, on the projected 2018 abundance.  This analysis is intended to give perspective in developing 2018 management measures.  This report also constitutes the first part of an Environmental Assessment (EA) to comply with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements for the 2018 ocean salmon management measures.  An EA is used to determine whether an action being considered by a Federal agency has significant impacts.  This part of the EA includes a statement of the purpose and need, a summary description of the affected environment, a description of the No-Action Alternative, and an analysis of the No-Action Alternative effects on the salmon stocks included in the Council’s Salmon Fishery Management Plan (FMP).

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March 8-14, 2018 Council Meeting Fast Facts

Monday, February 26th, 2018

The March 8-14, 2018 Council Meeting “Fast Facts” are available. Fast Facts are answers to FAQs that can help you get oriented for the upcoming meeting (transportation, internet code, hotel map).

If you have additional questions regarding the March 8-14, 2018 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:

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NMFS proposes to approve changes to the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and codified regulations for the IPHC regulatory Area 2A

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposes to approve changes to the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and codified regulations for the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s (IPHC) regulatory Area 2A off Washington, Oregon, and California. In addition, NMFS proposes to implement the portions of the Plan and management measures that are not implemented through the IPHC.

NMFS is accepting comments on the proposed rule through March 1, 2018.  Please see the Federal Register notice dated January 30, 2018 to view the proposed rule and instructions on how to comment.

For further information, please contact:  Kathryn Blair, National Marine Fisheries Service, phone: 206-526-6140, fax: 206-526-6736, or email: kathryn.blair@noaa.gov.

This announcement published as a courtesy to NMFS West Coast Region.

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January 2018 SCS6 Internet Live Stream (GoToMeeting)

Monday, January 15th, 2018

The January 17-19, 2018 Sixth National Meeting of the Scientific Coordination Subcommittee of the Council Coordination Committee (SCS6) will be live‐streamed on the internet during the following hours:

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 through Friday, January 19, 2018: 8:00 AM Pacific Time, ending daily at approximately 5:30 PM PT or when business for the day is complete

Only the audio portion and presentations displayed on the screen at the SCS6 meeting will be broadcast. The audio portion is listen‐only; you will be unable to speak to the meeting participants via the broadcast.

For agenda item topics, please see the SCS6 Proposed Agenda (agenda dated January 10, 2018).

Please Note: The GotoMeeting broadcast is not a substitute for attending the 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.

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 2017 Webinar ID is: 367-785-355
  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 1-562-247-8422 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone attendee audio access code: 621-905-598; 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 “SCS6 webpage” where you will find a link to the MP3 files.

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Area 2A Pacific Halibut Managers Coordination Meeting to be held via Webinar on January 3

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will host a webinar meeting of the Area 2A Pacific halibut governmental management entities, which will be open to the public, on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific time, or until business for the day is completed.

The primary purpose of the Area 2A Pacific halibut manager’s meeting is to prepare and develop recommendations for the January 22-26, 2018 International Pacific Halibut Commission’s (IPHC) annual meeting in Portland, Oregon.  Recommendations generated from the meeting will be communicated to the IPHC by the Pacific Council’s representative, Mr. Phil Anderson.  Attendees may also address other topics relating to Pacific halibut management.  No management actions will be decided by the attendees.  The meeting will be open to the public, and the agenda will provide for a public comment period.

Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 793-330-227
  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 676-925-992
  6. 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 Ms. Sandra Krause or contact her at 503-752-3732 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

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 503-280-2425 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Public Comment Deadline for the September 2017 Briefing Book

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

September 2017 Advance Briefing Book Public Comment Deadline

Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm (Pacific Time), Tuesday, August 15, 2017, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the September meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comment materials received at the Council office after the August 15, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm (Pacific Time), Tuesday, September 5, 2017 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the September meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

How to Submit Comments

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.  If your comments contain a PowerPoint presentation or video, please review the Council’s Protocol for Submitting Electronic Slide Presentation and Video Materials at the Meeting.

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June 2017 Briefing Book Available Online (with updated agenda)

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Briefing Book for the June 7-14, 2017 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “June 2017 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.

Please note:  the date of Agenda Item G. Pacific Halibut Management and some agenda items for C. Administrative Matters have changed from previously published June 2017 Council meeting agenda versions.  See Agenda Item A.4, June 2017 Council Meeting Agenda for the  most recent agenda.

For further information:

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June 7-14, 2017 Council Meeting Agenda and Meeting Notice now available

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

The June 7-14, 2017 Meeting Notice and Agenda is now available online!

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