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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.

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Salmon Preseason Report II, Including Public Hearing Schedule Available on Council’s Website

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

The document Preseason Report II: Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2019 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations; Regulation Identifier Number 0648-BI05 (March 2019) has been posted to the Council’s website. Please visit the 2019 Preseason Report II webpage to view and download the document.

Public Comment Opportunities on the Proposed Management Alternatives

The Council solicits public comments on the proposed management Alternatives in preparation for adopting final management recommendations at its April meeting. Oral and written comments on the proposed management Alternatives may be presented at the public hearings.   All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations specified below:

Monday, March 25, 2019
Chateau Westport
Beach Room
710 W Hancock
Westport, WA 98595
360-268-9101
Driving Directions

Monday, March 25, 2019
Red Lion Hotel
South Umpqua Room
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
541-267-4141
Driving Directions

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Hampton Inn
Grand Ballroom
1160 Airport Park Blvd.
Ukiah, CA 95482
707-462-6555
Driving Directions

Additional comment will be accepted during the April 9-16, 2019 Council meeting, in Rohnert Park, California.

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

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April 9-16, 2019 Council Meeting Information

Friday, March 15th, 2019

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Public Comment E-Portal for the April 2019 Advanced Briefing Book is now open!

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

The Public Comment E-Portal for the April 2019 Advanced Briefing Book is now open.  Visit the E-portal to submit your written comment. Due to recent revisions to the April Council meeting agenda, the deadline for the Advanced Briefing Book has been extended to Tuesday, March 19th, by 5 p.m.  All comments submitted by the deadline will be reviewed and posted to the E-Portal page on March 22nd, 2019.

Visit our Current Council Meeting page for more details.

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April 9-16, 2019 Council Meeting Information

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

April 9-16, 2019 Council Meeting Information

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet April 9-16, 2019 in Rohnert Park, California, at the following location:

DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma
One Doubletree Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Phone: 707-584-5466

Briefing Book (meeting materials)

Download the Agenda and meeting Notice

Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines (E-Portal)

Visit the April 2019 Council Meeting E-portal to submit your written comment. Select the agenda item you are interested in commenting on and either enter your comments in the text box, or upload a file containing your comments in .pdf format. You will be limited to one comment per agenda item in advance of the initial advanced briefing book public comment deadline which is Tuesday, March 19th, 5:00 pm, Pacific Time.

You will then be allowed one more comment opportunity between 5:01 p.m., March 19 and the supplemental public comment deadline (5:00 p.m., Monday, April 1, 2019), which will allow you to review the advanced briefing materials scheduled to be posted to the Council website no later than Friday, March 22, 2019 (afternoon).

If you have additional questions regarding the Pacific Fishery Management Council E-Portal for Public Comment:

Public Comment Guidelines “After the Supplemental Deadline”

Written comments after the supplemental comment period will only be accepted at the Council meeting and must be in support of oral testimony. In order to be available to the Council during an agenda item, written comments must be brought to the Secretariat no later than 5 pm the day before the corresponding agenda item is scheduled on the Council’s agenda.

Comments received by 5 pm will be uploaded by staff to the Council’s E-Portal shortly thereafter. Any written comments received after that time will be uploaded the following day after 5 pm.

The public should be aware that the Council and it’s advisory bodies may not have time to thoroughly review written comments submitted at the meeting. The Council will not pay for comments transmitted to the meeting hotel. Comments submitted that are not in support of oral testimony will need to be resubmitted during an open comment period for a future 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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DRAFT Council-Adopted Salmon Management Measures (Tables) for Public Review – from March 2019 PFMC Meeting; and PUBLIC HEARING LOCATIONS

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

The following DRAFT salmon management measure tables were adopted by the Council for public review at their March 2019 meeting.  Please keep in mind the tables are DRAFT until published in Preseason Report II.  (Preseason Report II is tentatively scheduled for publication on or March 21).

Public hearings on the salmon management alternatives

March 25-26, 2019:  Public hearings will be held to receive comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management alternatives adopted by the Council.  All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations specified below:

Monday, March 25, 2019
Chateau Westport
Beach Room
710 W Hancock
Westport, WA 98595
360-268-9101
Driving Directions

Monday, March 25, 2019
Red Lion Hotel
South Umpqua Room
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
541-267-4141
Driving Directions

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Hampton Inn
Grand Ballroom
1160 Airport Park Blvd.
Ukiah, CA 95482
707-462-6555
Driving Directions

These meetings are 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 about the hearings, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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2019 Salmon Preseason Report I available online

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

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 2019 meeting.

This report provides 2019 salmon stock abundance forecasts, and an analysis of the impacts of 2018 management measures or regulatory procedures, on the projected 2019 abundance.  This analysis is intended to give perspective in developing 2019 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 2019 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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Review of 2018 Ocean Salmon Fisheries available online

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

The Council’s annual review of ocean salmon fisheries is available online. This stock assessment and fishery evaluation (SAFE) document is the first in a series of four annual documents developed each year to help guide the Council’s selection of annual fishery management measures. This postseason review covers 2018 ocean salmon fisheries off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California. The review provides a summary of important biological and socioeconomic data from which to assess the impacts of past management actions, determine how well management objectives are being met, and improve regulations for the future. This postseason report will also provide a detailed description of the salmon fishery portions of the affected environment to be incorporated by reference into an Environmental Assessment (EA) to comply with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements for the 2019 ocean salmon management measures.  The Council will formally review this report at its March meeting prior to the development of management alternatives for the approaching fishing season

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March 6-12, 2019 Council Meeting Information (including E-Portal public comment information)

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

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Pacific Fishery Management Council now accepting public comment on draft Salmon Rebuilding Plans for two Chinook stocks

Monday, January 7th, 2019

NOTE:  Comments received by the February 7, 2019 5:00 PM deadline will be included in the March 2019 briefing book under Agenda Item D.2 (March 2019 briefing book scheduled to be posted the afternoon of 02/15/2019 )

At the November 2018 Council meeting in San Diego, California, the Council reviewed draft versions of five salmon rebuilding plans currently in development.  The Council approved the draft salmon rebuilding plans for Sacramento River fall Chinook and Klamath River fall Chinook for public review, along with some suggested revisions.

Updated drafts of these two Chinook rebuilding plans are now available for public comment. Public comment should be concentrated on the sections of the document that focus on the salmon rebuilding plan, which are mainly sections 1-5, and any appendices noted in those sections.  Sections that indicate ‘data pending’ will be developed at a later date by NMFS, and made available for public comment through the notice-and comment rulemaking process.

Download the Draft Chinook Rebuilding Plans available for public review

How to comment

The public is invited to provide public comment to PFMC through the e-portal (see link below).  Comments will be accepted through February 7, 2019, 5:00 PM Pacific Time, which coincides with the advanced Briefing Book deadline for the March 2019 Council meeting.

Please provide your comments no later than February 7, 2019, 5:00 pm Pacific Time, by visiting:

Additional information

Three natural coho stocks (Queets coho, Strait of Juan de Fuca coho, and Snohomish coho) and two Chinook stocks (Sacramento River fall Chinook and Klamath River fall Chinook) were found to meet the criteria for being classified as overfished in June 2018.  Under the tenets of the Salmon Fishery Management Plan, the Salmon Technical Team is required to develop a salmon rebuilding plan for each of these stocks, and propose them to the Council within one year.

At the November 2018 Council meeting in San Diego, California, the Council reviewed draft versions of five salmon rebuilding plans currently in development.  The Council approved the draft salmon rebuilding plans for Sacramento River fall Chinook and Klamath River fall Chinook for public review.  The draft salmon rebuilding plans for the three coho stocks, provided in November 2018, will continue to be developed in cooperation with the co-managers, with an expectation that draft plans will be revised in time for publication in the advanced briefing book for the 2019 March Council meeting.

At the March 2019 Council meeting, the Council will review the draft versions of all five salmon plans.  The Council may consider approving the three draft coho salmon rebuilding plans for public review, and may also consider adopting the two draft Chinook rebuilding plans as final.

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

 

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