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March 2018 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, March 19th, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 8-14, 2018 in Rohnert Park, California. The March 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 2018 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

The March 2018 Council meeting will be live‐streamed on the internet during the following hours:

  • Friday, March 9, 2018: beginning at approximately 9:00 AM Pacific Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete
  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 through Wednesday, March 14, 2018: 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, please see the March 9-14, 2018 PFMC Meeting Detailed Agenda.

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.

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode by visiting this link:

  2. Enter the Webinar ID – The PFMC meetings 2018 Webinar ID is: 530-089-227
  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 1-562-247-8321 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone attendee audio access code: 240-052-611; 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 “Past Meetings” webpage where you will find links to the MP3 and WAV files.


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).


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:


Agenda, meeting notice, and briefing book materials available for the March 8-14, 2018 Council Meeting

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Agenda and meeting notice available for the March 8-14, 2018 Council Meeting

March 8-14, 2018 Council Meeting


March 2018 Briefing Book Available Online

Friday, February 16th, 2018

The Briefing Book for the March 8-14, 2018  Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “March 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:


NMFS Publishes Final Rule: “List of Fisheries for 2018”

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2018, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.  The final LOF for 2018 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals.

This final rule is effective March 9, 2018. Information regarding the LOF may be obtained from the NMFS LOF website. You may also download the Final Rule published February 7, 2018.

For further information, please contact the following NMFS Staff member:

  • Kristy Long, Office of Protected Resources, 301–427–8402
  • Allison Rosner, Greater Atlantic Region, 978–281–9328
  • Jessica Powell, Southeast Region, 727–824– 5312
  • Dan Lawson, West Coast Region, 562–980–3209
  • Suzie Teerlink, Alaska Region, 907– 586–7240
  • Kevin Brindock, Pacific Islands Region, 808–725–5146

Agenda and meeting notice available for the March 8-14, 2018 Council Meeting

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Agenda and meeting notice available for the upcoming March 8-14, 2018 Council Meeting:


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:

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


Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2018 Briefing Book

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2018 Briefing Book are available on our website at: