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Scientific and Statistical Committee Ecosystem Subcommittee to Hold Joint Meeting

Friday, October 17th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee Ecosystem Subcommittee (Subcommittee) will hold a meeting on Monday and Tuesday, December 15-16, 2014.  The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. each day and continue until business is completed on each day. The Subcommittee will meet with the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Team, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service.  The meeting will be held at the following location:

Conference Room
Building 1
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Western Regional Center
7600 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98115‑6349
Telephone: 206-526-4000
Driving Directions

New! Meeting Agenda

Meeting Purpose

The purpose of the meeting is to review the indicators used in the Annual State of the California Current Ecosystem Report, which is delivered to the Council each March, and consider how the report might be refined and improved.

Additional Information, Including “Entry to Sand Point Facility Information”

Entry to the NOAA Western Regional Center’s Sand Point Facility requires visitors to show a valid picture ID and register with security.  A visitor’s badge, which must be worn while at the NOAA Western Regional Center’s Facility, will be issued to non‑Federal employees participating in the meeting. Non-NOAA employs who wish to attend the meeting in person will need to obtain pre-clearance to gain access to the NOAA Sand Point Facility. Please contact Chris Harvey; email: chris.harvey@noaa.gov, (206) 860-3228 by Friday, December 12.

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 503-820-2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the meeting, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2280 ext. 422 and toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (EAS) will hold a webinar on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, which is open to the public.  The webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will continue until business for the day is completed, but is expected to end no later than 5 p.m.  The EAS will discuss items on the Council’s November 2014 meeting agenda.  Major topics include: Report on the Atlantis Model Review, Marine Planning Update, and Legislative Matters.  The EAS will also discuss plans for the March 2015 review of Fishery Ecosystem Plan initiatives and one or more of the Council’s scheduled Administrative Matters.

New! Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 670-584-383
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer’s audio or select “Use Telephone.” If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VolP).  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-646-307-1720 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 455-563-736; 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 503-820-2280, extension 425 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

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the EAS chair.

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 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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New! Agenda available for the Atlantis California Current Ecosystem Model Review Panel’s meeting in Seattle

Monday, June 9th, 2014

A proposed agenda is now available for the Atlantis California Current Ecosystem Model Review Panel’s June 30 to July 2, 2014 meeting in Seattle. (more…)

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Atlantis California Current Ecosystem Model Review Panel to Meet

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

The Atlantis California Current Ecosystem Model will be reviewed by a panel composed of representatives from the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee, the Center for Independent Experts, and NMFS.  The review session is open to the public.  The review session will begin at 9 a.m. each day, from Monday, June 30 to Wednesday, July 2, 2014, and on each day continue until business is concluded.

New! Meeting Agenda

Meeting Purpose

The purpose of the session is to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, appropriate uses, and potential areas of improvement for the Atlantis model with respect to the Council’s management needs, in the context of ecosystem-based management.  Reviewers will be asked to comment on the technical merits and/or deficiencies of the methodology and make recommendations for remedies.  The review will follow the Methodology Review Process established by the Council, and Terms of Reference developed for this review.

Meeting Location

The meetings will be held at the following location:

NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Auditorium
2725 Montlake Blvd. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
Driving Directions
Phone: (206) 860-3200

Additional Information

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service science centers should bring photo identification to the meeting location.  Visitors who are foreign nationals (defined as a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States) will require additional security clearance to access the NOAA facilities.  Foreign national visitors should contact Jim Herkelrath at (206) 860-6798 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

For further information about the review panel, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

If you would like to be notified of future meetings via email, please sign up for the PFMC E-Mail Notification List.

This Council E-Mail Notification List will announce when our newsletters, meeting notices, Notices of Availability for documents, and other Council activities are posted to the Council website.

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 503-820-2425, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

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Reader’s Guide to the Ecosystem Workgroup Report on FEP Initiative 1 available online

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Ms. Yvonne de Reynier, National Marine Fisheries Service, has prepared a short (11 min.) video guide recorded on March 19, 2014, that applies to the ad hoc Ecosystem Workgroup’s report on the Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Initiative 1.

At its April 2014, meeting in Vancouver, Washington, USA the Council is tentatively scheduled to review the draft range of alternatives contained in the FEP Initiative 1 report.

Please the Council’s Ecosystem-Based Management Protection for Unfished Forage Fish Initiative webpage to download both the report and the reader’s guide video.

If you have further questions, please contact Mr. Mike Burner, staff officer at 503-820-2414; toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 414.

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Updated! Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2014 Briefing Book

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2014 Briefing Book

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, February 16, 2014, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after February 16 but BY 11:59 pm, March 2 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

See the Council’s Briefing Book Webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

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Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup to Hold Work Session

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a public work session February 3-4, 2014 at the Council office in Portland, Oregon.  The meeting is open to the public, but is not intended as a public hearing.  Public comments will be taken at the discretion of the EWG chair as time allows.

The work session will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014 and will proceed until 5 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.  The meeting will reconvene on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. and will proceed until 4 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.

The work session will be held at the following location:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

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 503-820-2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work sessions, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280, ext. 414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Ad Hoc Ecosystem Work Group to Meet Via Teleconference

Friday, August 9th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting via teleconference of the ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group that is open to the public. A listening station will be available at the Council office for interested members of the public. Please note, this is not a public hearing; it is a work session for the primary purpose of reviewing and addressing Council direction to the ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group, considering next steps in protecting unmanaged forage fish, finalizing recommendations to the Council on the Federal list of authorized West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone fisheries, and other items related to the September 2013 Council meeting.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2013, beginning at 12 noon and concluding at 3 p.m., or when business is completed.

A listening station will be made available to the public, at the Council office:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Small Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

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 503-820-2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group work session, please contact Ms. Jennifer Gilden at 503-820-2280, ext. 418; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel to Meet Via Teleconference to Review the Federal List of Authorized West Coast Fisheries

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting via teleconference of the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (EAS) that is open to the public. A listening station will be available at the Pacific Council office for interested members of the public. Please note, this is not a public hearing; it is a work session for the primary purpose of reviewing a report of the Ecosystem Plan Development Team (EPDT) and considering recommendations to the Council on updating the Federal list of authorized West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone fisheries and other items related to the June 2013 Council meeting.

The EAS will meet on Friday, June 14, 2013, beginning at 1:00 p.m. and concluding at 3:00 p.m., or when business for the day is completed.

A listening station will be made available to the public at the Council office:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Small Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place
Portland, OR 97220-1384
Telephone: 503-820-2280
Driving Directions

For more information regarding the EAS conference call, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280, ext. 414; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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 503-820-2280, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

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June 18-25, 2013 Council Meeting

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Council to Begin Consideration of 2015-2016 Harvest Specifications and Management Measures

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet June 18-25, 2013 in Garden Grove, California to address issues related to groundfish, highly migratory species, coastal pelagic species, ecosystem based management, and habitat matters.

Please visit the “Current Council Meeting” webpage for the meeting notice and agenda details.

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