The Pacific Council News

Reporting on the November 2019 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting held in Costa Mesa, California.
Groundfish News
Council Asks NMFS to Delay Electronic Monitoring Regulations Until 2022

Seven Groundfish Exempted Fishing Permits Recommended

Council Receives Update on Groundfish Gear Switching, Sablefish Area Management

Council Adopts Preferred Alternative to Address Salmon Take in Groundfish Fishery

Inseason Adjustments

2020 Harvest Specifications for Cowcod and Shortbelly Rockfish

2021-2022 Harvest Specifications and Management Measures
Salmon and Halibut News
Preseason Salmon Management Schedule Set; Annual Management Cycle to be Discussed in April

Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup Will Continue to Meet 

Salmon Methodology Review Complete
Washington, Oregon Make Sport Halibut Season Recommendations

Council Adopts Final Recommendation for 2020 Halibut Season

Council Discusses Transfer of Halibut Management Authority

(Photo: David Kasheta displays his catch of California halibut. Photo courtesy of David Kasheta.)
Highly Migratory Species News
Council Chooses Not to Consider Shallow-Set Longline Permit

International Management Recommendations
Coastal Pelagic Species News
Two Coastal Pelagic Species Exempted Fishing Permits Forwarded

Reference Points for Central Population of Northern Anchovy Considered
Habitat and Ecosystem News
Habitat report (Central Valley Project Biological Opinion, Klamath dam removal, Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas project, salmon reintroduction, offshore wind energy, and habitat for Southern Resident killer whales and humpback whales)
Administrative and Other News
Appointments and Advisory Body Vacancies

Legislative Report

Tri-State Enforcement Report

March Council Meeting Agenda
The March Council meeting will be held March 3-9 in Rohnert Park, California.
  • NMFS report
  • Willapa coho forecast methodology
  • Southern resident killer whale Endangered Species Act consultation
  • Review of 2019 fisheries and summary of 2020 stock forecasts
  • Adopt 2020 management alternatives for public review
  • International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting report
  • Incidental limits: options for salmon troll and final action for fixed gear sablefish
  • Area 2A fisher transition range of alternatives
Habitat and Ecosystem
  • Habitat
  • California Current Ecosystem and Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Annual Report
  • Fishery Ecosystem Plan five-year review, final vision statement
  • Climate and Communities Initiative Workshop report
  • NMFS report
  • Initial stock assessment planning and terms of reference
  • Exempted fishing permits for 2021-2022
  • Fisheries in 2021-2022: check-in
  • Endangered Species Act incidental take statement for humpback whales
Highly migratory species
  • NMFS report
  • International management, including U.S./Canada Albacore Treaty
  • Review of essential fish habitat: scoping
  • Drift gillnet fishery hard caps update
  • Marine Planning Update
  • National Marine Sanctuary Coordination Report
  • Legislative matters (tentative)
Upcoming meetings
Groundfish Stock Assessment Process Review Webinar December 13
Area 2A Pacific Halibut Manager’s Webinar Meeting January 7, 2020
Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup January 8-9, 2020
Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee January 22-23, 2020
March 3-9, 2020 Council meeting (Rohnert Park, CA)
Pacific Fishery Management Council
Phil Anderson
Marc Gorelnik
Vice Chair
Chuck Tracy
Executive Director
Mike Burner
Deputy Director
Don Hansen
Special Assistant to the Executive Director
Kim Ambert
Administrative Staff
Patricia Crouse
Administrative Officer
Kit Dahl
Highly Migratory Species, Ecosystem Management, National Environmental Policy Act
John DeVore
Renee Dorval
Meeting Planning, Hotels
Robin Ehlke
Salmon, Halibut
Jennifer Gilden
Communications, Habitat, Legislation
Kerry Griffin
Coastal Pelagic Species, Marine Planning, and Essential Fish Habitat
Kris Kleinschmidt
Information Technology
Sandra Krause
Information Technology
Amy L’Manian
Administrative Staff
Todd Phillips
Jim Seger
Fishery Economics
Brett Wiedoff
Groundfish, Highly Migratory Species
The Pacific Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils in the U.S. and recommends commercial & recreational fishery management measures for Federal waters off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California. All Council recommendations are subject to approval by National Marine Fisheries Service. The Council has five public meetings a year. The March 2019 Council meeting will be held in Vancouver, Washington; the public comment deadline for the meeting is 5 p.m. on February 7. The supplemental public comment deadline is 5 p.m. on February 26.

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