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March 6-12, 2019 PFMC Meeting Fast Facts

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

The March 6-12, 2019 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting “Fast Facts” are available. Fast Facts are answers to FAQs that can help you get oriented for the upcoming meeting (transportation options, internet code, hotel map).

March 2019 Council Meeting Fast Facts

If you have additional questions regarding the March 6-12, 2019 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:


Reminder of supplemental public comment deadline: 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Written public comments must be submitted to our Public Comment Electronic Portal (E-Portal).

The supplemental public comment deadline is 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

Please visit the March 2019 Council Meeting E-portal to submit your Supplemental 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. 

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


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.


March 2019 E-Portal for Public Comments is now open

Friday, January 25th, 2019

The Public Comment E-Portal for the March Advanced Briefing Book is now open.  Visit the E-portal to submit your written comment. The deadline for the Advanced Briefing Book is February 7th, by 5pm.  All comments submitted by the deadline will be reviewed and posted to the E-Portal page on February 15, 2019.

Visit our Current Council Meeting page for more details.


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.

Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
  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
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.


Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Winter 2018

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

The Winter 2018 issue of Pacific Council Newsletter is now available on the Council’s website. This newsletter reports mainly on decisions made at the November 2018 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding Pacific Council News, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.


November 2018 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 3-8, 2018 in San Diego, California. The November 2018 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document contains the highlights of significant decisions made at that meeting. Results of agenda items that do not reach a level of highlight significance are typically not described in the Decision Summary Document.


March 6-12, 2019 Council Meeting Information

Friday, November 9th, 2018

March 6-12, 2019 Council Meeting Information

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet March 6-12, 2019 in Vancouver, Washington, USA at the following location:

Hilton Vancouver Washington
301 W. Sixth Street
Vancouver, WA 98660 USA
Phone: 360-993-4500

Briefing Book

March 6-12, 2019 Meeting “Fast Facts”

Download the Agenda and Meeting Notice

Public Comment E-Portal

Written public comments must be submitted to our Public Comment Electronic Portal (E-Portal).

Visit the March 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 advance briefing book public comment deadline which is Thursday, February 7th, 5:00 pm, Pacific Time.

You will then be allowed one more comment opportunity between 5:01 p.m., February 7 and the supplemental public comment deadline (5:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2019), which will allow you to review the advanced briefing materials scheduled to be posted to the Council website no later than Friday, February 15, 2019 (afternoon).

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

Written Comments After the Supplemental Public Comment Deadline (5 p.m. on February 26, Pacific Time):

  • 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, comments must be brought to the Secretariat in an electronic format no later than 5 p.m. the day before the corresponding agenda item is scheduled on the Council’s agenda.
  • Comments received by 5 p.m. will be uploaded by staff to the Council’s E‐Portal shortly thereafter. Any comments received after that time will be uploaded the following day after 5 p.m.
  • The public should be aware that the Council and its advisory bodies may not have time to thoroughly review 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.

Pacific Fishery Management Council Appoints Advisory Body Members for the 2019-2021 Term

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

The Council appreciates all of the nominees’ interest and willingness to serve.  The Council reviewed the nominations and appointed Advisory Body representatives to the following positions for the 2019-2021 Advisory Body term.  Additionally, the Council increased the number of California Sport positions on the Salmon Advisory Subpanel from one to two.

The Council will solicit nominations for most of the remaining vacancies, including two at-large positions on the Scientific and Statistical Committee, after the November 2018 Council meeting for consideration at the March 2019 Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington.  Visit the Council’s Advisory Body Vacancies web page for details.

Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel:

California Commercial (3 Positions)

Mr. David Crabbe

Mr. David Haworth

Mr. Nick Jurlin

Oregon Commercial

Mr. Ryan Kapp

Washington Commercial

Mr. Daniel Crome

California Processor

Ms. Diane Pleschner-Steele

Oregon Processor

Mr. Mike Okoniewski

Washington Processor

Mr. Albert Carter

California Sport/Charter

Mr. Steve Crooke


Ms. Gillian Lyons

Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel:

California (3 At-large Positions)

Dr. Pete Adams

Ms. Corey Ridings

Mr. Donald Maruska

Oregon (3 At-large Positions)

Mr. Scott McMullen

Ms. Gway Rogers-Kirchner

Dr. Andrew Thurber

Washington (3 At-large Positions)

Mr. Paul Dye

Dr. Terrie Klinger

Mr. Nate Stone

Groundfish Advisory Subpanel:

Fixed Gear (3 At-large)

Mr. Bob Alverson

Ms. Michele Longo-Eder

Mr. Gerry Richter

Bottom Trawl

Mr. Travis Hunter

Mid-Water Trawl

Mr. Jeff Lackey

At-Large Trawl (2 Positions)

Mr. Kevin Dunn

Ms. Sarah Nayani

Open Access South of Cape Mendocino

Mr. Daniel Platt

Open Access North of Cape Mendocino

Mr. Jeffery Miles

Processors (2 At-large Positions)

Ms. Susan Chambers

Mr. Tom Libby

At-Sea Processor

Mr. Daniel Waldeck

California Charter South of Point Conception

Mr. Merit McCrea

California Charter North of Point Conception

Mr. Robert Ingles

Oregon Charter

Mr. Loren Goddard

Washington Charter

Mr. Thomas Burlingame

Sport Fisheries (3 At-large Positions)

Mr. John Holloway

Mr. Tom Marking

Mr. Dale Meyer


Mr. Shems Jud

Tribal Fisheries

Mr. Steve Joner

Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel:

Commercial Troll

Mr. Wayne Heikkila

Commercial Purse Seine

Mr. Michael Conroy

Commercial Gillnet

Mr. Gary Burke

Commercial Fisheries (2 At-large Positions)

Mr. Douglas Fricke

Mr. William Sutton

Processor South of Cape Mendocino

Mr. Dave Rudie

Processor North of Cape Mendocino

Ms. Nancy Fitzpatrick

California Charter Boat

Mr. Mike Thompson

Washington/Oregon Charter Boat

Ms. Linda Buell

Private Sport

Mr. Bob Osborne


Ms. Melissa Mahoney

Public At-large

Ms. Pamela Tom


Mr. Austen Brown

Salmon Advisory Subpanel:

California Troll

Mr. John Koeppen

Oregon Troll

Mr. Darus Peake

Washington Troll

Mr. Greg Mueller

Commercial Gillnet Fishery

Mr. Greg Johnson


Mr. Gerald Reinholdt

California Charter Boat

Mr. John Atkinson

Oregon Charter Boat

Mr. Mike Sorensen

Washington Charter Boat

Mr. Butch Smith

California Sport (2 positions)

Mr. Jim Yarnall

Mr. James Stone

Oregon Sport

Mr. Richard Heap

Washington Sport

Mr. Dave Johnson

Idaho Sport

Dr. Richard Scully

California Tribal

Mr. Dave Hillemeier


Ms. Megan Mueller

Habitat Committee:

Commercial Fishing Industry

Mr. Noah Oppenheim

Sport Fishing Industry

Ms. Liz Hamilton


Mr. Tom Rudolph

California Tribal

Mr. Justin Alvarez

At-large (2 Positions)

Dr. Scott Heppell

Mr. Stephen Scheiblauer

Scientific and Statistical Committee:

At-Large (8 Positions, 2 Vacancies Remain)

Dr. Aaron Berger

Dr. Michael Harte

Dr. Dan Holland

Dr. André Punt

Dr. William Satterthwaite

Dr. Rishi Sharma

Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee

Conservation Representative

Ms. Melissa Mahoney


Quick Link to November 2018 Briefing Book

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Quick Link to November 2018 Briefing Book

November 2018 Briefing Book