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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 867-903-330
  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 Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2411 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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November 2017 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, November 27th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 15-20, 2017 in Costa Mesa, California. The November 2017 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.

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Quick link to the November 2017 Briefing Book

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Quick link to the November 2017 Briefing Book:

November 2017 Briefing Book

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November 2017 Council Meeting Fast Facts

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

The November 14-20, 2017 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 November 14-20, 2017 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:

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November 2017 Briefing Book Available Online

Friday, October 27th, 2017

The Briefing Book for the November 14-20, 2017 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “November 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.

For further information:

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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Fall 2017

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Fall 2017 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. This newsletter reports mainly on decisions made at the September 2017 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.

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Meeting notice and agenda available for the November 14-20, 2017 Council meeting

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Meeting notice and agenda available for the November 14-20, 2017 Council meeting

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NMFS publishes proposed “List of Fisheries for 2018”; requests comments by November 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2018, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2018 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan requirements.

Please see the Federal Register notice dated October 12, 2017 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by November 13, 2017.

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Sixth National Meeting of the Scientific Coordination Subcommittee of the Council Coordination Committee (SCS6)

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is pleased to announce the Sixth National Meeting of the Scientific Coordination Subcommittee of the Council Coordination Committee (SCS6), to be held at the Kona Kai Resort in San Diego, California, on January 17-19, 2018.

The meeting theme is “The Use of Management Strategy Evaluation to Inform Management Decisions Made by the Regional Fishery Management Councils,” with three subthemes: use of MSEs in evaluating and modifying harvest control rules; use of MSEs in investigating and accommodating uncertainty; and use of MSEs in adjusting harvest control rules in changing environments/non-static maximum sustainable yield.

The meeting will be attended by representatives of the Scientific and Statistical Committees of the eight Regional Fishery Management Councils, staff from the eight Councils, and scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service and other scientists with expertise in conducting management strategy evaluations. A poster session will be held in conjunction with the workshop.

SCS6 Website Information

For more information, registration materials, and poster session details, please see the SCS6 website.

Please pass this invitation along to others who may be interested attending the SCS6 workshop or who may be interested in presenting on the management strategy evaluation (MSE) theme.

Additional information

  • What is the “Council Coordination Committee (CCC)”; What is the SCS?  The CCC consists of the chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors from each regional fishery management council (council), or other staff, as appropriate. The Scientific Coordination Subcommittee (SCS) is a subcommittee established by the CCC. The SCS consists of the Chairs from each of the Regional Council Scientific and Statistical Committees, or their respective proxies. The function of the SCS is to plan and conduct meetings or workshops to discuss scientific issues of national importance based on terms of reference or topics provided by the CCC.  See NOAA’s “Council Coordination Committee” webpage for more information.
  • You may contact Mr. John DeVore, Pacific Council staff if you have questions regarding the SCS meeting.  Mr. DeVore can be reached by email: John.DeVore@noaa.gov; telephone 1-866-806-7204, ext. 413.
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September 2017 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 13-18, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. The September 2017 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.

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