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Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup to Hold Webinars August 6 and September 4, 2019

Monday, July 8th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council)  Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) Workgroup (Workgroup) will convene two webinars, which are open to the public.  The first meeting, to be held via webinar, will convene on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), or until business for the day has been completed. The second meeting, to be held via webinar, will convene Wednesday, September 4, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PDT, or until business for the day has been completed.  These are public meetings and not public hearings.  Public comments will be taken at the discretion of the Workgroup co-chairs as time allows.

Purpose of the Meetings

The purpose of the August 6 webinar is to discuss the development of the a draft risk analysis, identify remaining data needs, and follow up on assignments and discussions from the Workgroup’s previous meetings; the September 4 webinar will focus mainly on finalizing the draft risk analysis in preparation for the Council meeting in September in Boise, Idaho.  At both of these meetings, the Workgroup may also discuss work plans, and progress made on assigned tasks related to the Workgroup’s prime objective of reassessing the effects of Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on the Chinook salmon prey base of SRKW.  Although non-emergency issues not contained in the Workgroup meeting agendas may come before the Workgroup for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings.

Supplemental Information

At the March 2019 Council meeting, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced plans to reinitiate Endangered Species Act consultation on the effect of Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on SRKW.  NMFS and the Council agreed on a collaborative approach and began establishing work plans and a tentative schedule.  At the April 2019 Council meeting, the Council formed the Workgroup to reassess the effects of Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on the Chinook salmon prey base of SRKW.  The Workgroup has held multiple meetings since their inception.  Materials presented during past Workgroup meetings may be found on the NMFS West Coast Regional website (https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/west-coast/southern-resident-killer-whales-and-fisheries-interaction-workgroup).

To Attend the Webinars

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 687-012-435
  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 (631) 992-3221 (not a toll-free number)
  5. Then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 972-015-065
  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

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

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 Ms. Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

 

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Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup to Meet July 2 and July 23-24

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council)  Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) Workgroup (Workgroup) will convene two meetings, which are open to the public.  The first meeting, to be held via webinar, will convene on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), or until business for the day has been completed. The second meeting, to be held in-person, will convene Tuesday, July 23, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT, or until business for the day has been completed.  It will continue on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. PDT, or until business for the day has been completed.  These are public meetings and not public hearings.  Public comments will be taken at the discretion of the Workgroup co-chairs as time allows.

Purpose of the Meetings; Agenda

July 2 (webinar) – The purpose of the webinar is to update all Workgroup members on relevant proceedings from the June 2019 Pacific Council meeting, and continue discussions on the data needs and progress in developing a draft risk analysis.  The Workgroup may also discuss their work plan and progress made on assigned tasks related to the Workgroup’s prime objective of reassessing the effects of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on the Chinook salmon prey base of SRKW.

July 23-24 (in-person) – The purpose of the meeting is to continue work on the draft risk analysis, and provide any updates or additional status information that may address data gaps and questions identified at the May 23-24, and the July 2, 2019 meetings.  The Workgroup may also discuss their work plan and progress made on assigned tasks related to the Workgroup’s prime objective of reassessing the effects of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on the Chinook salmon prey base of SRKW.  Additional topics of discussion may include, but are not limited to, the criteria and methodology developed to evaluate risk, and scoping of management/conservation tools may be included in the discussion if warranted.

Background

At the March 2019 Pacific Council meeting, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced plans to reinitiate Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation on the effect of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on SRKW.  NMFS and the Pacific Council agreed on a collaborative approach and began establishing work plans and a tentative schedule.  At the April 2019 meeting, the Pacific Council formed the Workgroup to reassess the effects of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on the Chinook salmon prey base of SRKW.  A draft Terms of Reference was reviewed by the Pacific Council which describes the purpose of the Workgroup, a proposed timeline to accomplish this task, and a list of participants.  Supporting documents can be found on the Pacific Council’s website under the April 2019 Briefing Book (https://www.pcouncil.org/resources/archives/briefing-books/april-2019-briefing-book, Agenda Item F.3.a, Supplemental NMFS Report 1, April 2019 and Agenda Item D.6.a, Supplemental NMFS Report 1, April 2019).  Materials presented during past Workgroup meetings may be found on the NMFS West Coast Regional website (https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/west-coast/southern-resident-killer-whales-and-fisheries-interaction-workgroup).

To Attend the Webinar on 7/2

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 526-133-259
  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 (not a toll-free number)
  5. Then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 294-147-773
  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 Ms. Sandra Krause or contact her at 503-820-2280, extension 419 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

Meeting Location on 7/23-24

This meeting will be held at the following location:

Hilton Vancouver Hotel
Hemlock/Oak Meeting Room
300 W. Sixth Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
Telephone: 360-993-4500
Driving Directions

Additional Information

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Ms. Sandra Krause at 503-820-2419, at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at (503) 820-2410; or toll-free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 410.

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Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Economics Subcommittee to Hold Webinar Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Economics Subcommittee (Economics Subcommittee) will hold a webinar on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, which is open to the public.  The webinar will begin at 1 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) and is expected to end at 4 p.m. or when business for the day is complete. The primary purpose of the meeting is to review new analyses of economic impacts associated with alternatives in three draft rebuilding plans for Queets River, Snohomish River, and Strait of Juan de Fuca Coho.  The SSC Economics Subcommittee members’ role will be development of recommendations and a report for consideration by the SSC and Pacific Council at the June 2019 meeting in San Diego, California.

Webinar 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: 800-770-499
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  1. Dial this TOLL number +1 (562) 247-8321 (not a toll-free number)
  2. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 176-615-134
  3. 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

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)

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 503-820-2411 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 or Ms. Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup to Hold Meeting May 23-24, 2019

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) Workgroup (Workgroup) will hold a two-day meeting that is open to the public.  The meeting will begin Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time and recess at 5:00 p.m.  It will continue at 9 a.m. Friday, May 24, and will adjourn at 2 p.m. or when business for the day is completed. This is a public meeting and not a public hearing.  Public comments will be taken at the discretion of the Workgroup chair as time allows.  The Workgroup will be focused solely on Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries.

Meeting Agenda

Purpose of the Meeting

At the March 2019 Pacific Council meeting, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced plans to reinitiate Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation on the effect of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on SRKW.  NMFS and the Pacific Council agreed on a collaborative approach and began establishing work plans and a tentative schedule.  At the April 2019 meeting, the Pacific Council formed the Workgroup to reassess the effects of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on the Chinook salmon prey base of SRKW.  A draft Terms of Reference was reviewed by the Pacific Council which describes the purpose of the Workgroup, a proposed timeline to accomplish this task, and a list of participants.  Supporting documents can be found in the Pacific Council’s April 2019 Briefing Book (Agenda Item F.3.a, Supplemental NMFS Report 1, April 2019 and Agenda Item D.6.a, Supplemental NMFS Report 1, April 2019).

The primary purpose of this first work session is to review the purpose of the Workgroup, discuss the current status of SRKW, exchange ideas regarding risk assessment methods and criteria for evaluating Pacific Council salmon fisheries, and to develop a work plan for the first draft of a risk assessment report.  The Workgroup may also discuss and consider other items of interest on the Pacific Council’s June 2019 meeting agenda. Although non-emergency issues not contained in the Workgroup meeting agenda may come before the Workgroup for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting.  The Workgroup will provide a summary of this meeting to the Pacific Council, its advisory bodies, and the public at the June 2019 Pacific Council meeting in San Diego, CA.

Meeting Location

This meeting will be held at the following location:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Airport
Oak Meeting Room
7900 NE 82nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-460-3000
Driving Directions

Additional Information

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 business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at (503) 820-2410; or toll-free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 410.

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2019 Salmon Preseason Report III available online

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Notice of Availability

The following document: Preseason Report III Council Adopted Management Measures and Environmental Assessment Part 3 for 2019 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations; Regulation Identifier Number 0648-BI05, published April 2019, is available on the Council’s salmon webpage under Preseason Reports.

Preseason Report III describes the Council’s 2019 ocean salmon management measures adopted for submission to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and characterizes the expected impacts on ocean salmon fisheries and the stocks which support them

Preseason Report III also constitutes the third and final part of an Environmental Assessment to comply with National Environmental Policy Act requirements for the 2019 ocean salmon regulations and includes a description and analysis of a Proposed Action

For further information regarding the salmon management documents, or the salmon management preseason process, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410 or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 410.

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DRAFT Council-Adopted Salmon Management Measures for May 2019-April 30, 2020 Ocean Salmon Fisheries (Tables)

Monday, April 15th, 2019

The following DRAFT salmon management measures tables were adopted by the Council at their April 2019 meeting and will be published in Preseason Report III (tentatively scheduled for April 23). Please keep in mind the tables are DRAFT until implemented as Federal Regulations.

  • TABLE 1. Commercial troll management measures adopted by the Council for non-Indian ocean salmon fisheries, 2019. (DRAFT, 4/15/2019 5:03 PM)
  • TABLE 2. Recreational management measures adopted by the Council for non-Indian ocean salmon fisheries, 2019. (DRAFT: 4/15/19  5:05 pm)
  • TABLE 3. Treaty Indian ocean troll management measures adopted by the Council for ocean salmon fisheries, 2019. (DRAFT: 4/15/19 5:15 PM)
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Quick Link to April 2019 Briefing Book

Monday, April 8th, 2019

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April 2019 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Monday, April 8th, 2019

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

  • Thursday, April 11, 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, April 12, 2019 through Tuesday, April 16, 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 April 9-16, 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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Supplemental April briefing book documents available; including proposed rule on management reference points for the central subpopulation of northern anchovy

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Several supplemental Briefing Book materials have been posted to our April 2019 Briefing Book webpage, including the public review draft of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposed rule  on management reference points for the central subpopulation of northern anchovy.  The Council is scheduled to consider the proposed rule at its April meeting, and may provide comments to NMFS.

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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.

For further information:

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