The Pacific Council News
Reporting on the March and April 2019 Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings held in Vancouver, Washington and Rohnert Park, California.
Top News
State of the California Current report notes ecosystem improvements and challenges

Salmon seasons set for 2019

National Marine Fisheries Service reinitiates consultation on southern resident killer whales

New newsletter format debuts

Changes to groundfish essential fish habitat, Rockfish Conservation Areas approved

Pacific sardine assessment shows stock below "overfished" threshold
Halibut News
Halibut management changes may be on the horizon

Incidental Catch Limits Set for 2019 Salmon Troll Fishery
Fishing boats at Point Arena, California. Photo: Jennifer Gilden.
Salmon News
Council rebuilding plans for Klamath, Sacramento fall Chinook

Topics chosen for salmon methodology review
Coastal Pelagic Species News
The Lady J just offshore from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Photo: Jennifer Gilden.
Council discusses management of central population of northern anchovy

Two exempted fishing permits forwarded
Groundfish News
Seabirds off Monterey, California. Photo: Jennifer Gilden.
Council makes inseason adjustments, discusses quota carryover, lingcod, blackcod, exempted fishing permit
Council adopts preferred alternative for seabird mitigation measures

Council adopts alternatives for salmon mitigation measures in groundfish fishery

Blackgill rockfish remains in slope rockfish complex
NMFS reports on trawl catch share cost recovery program

New approach to prioritizing groundfish management takes shape

Groundfish shorts: Whiting stock healthy, new sigma, science improvements, enhanced VMS
Highly Migratory Species News
Council explores ways to measure bycatch, interactions in drift gillnet fishery
Habitat and Ecosystem
Point Arena, California. Photo: Jennifer Gilden.
Habitat Report

Climate and Communities Initiative moves forward
Administrative News
New newsletter format debuts

Comment portal open for June briefing book

Advisory body appointments

Legislative report

Shorts: National Marine Sanctuaries report, Saltonstall-Kennedy update, intersector allocation review policies
Upcoming meetings
Ad Hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee May 21-22, 2019, Portland, Oregon.

Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup Wednesday, May 22

Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup Meeting May 23-24, 2019, Portland, Oregon.

Next deadline for submitting completed Exempted Fishing Permit applications for deep-set buoy gear Thursday, May 23

Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy and Technical Advisory Committees Webinar Monday, May 29

Ad Hoc Climate and Communities Core Team Meeting May 30-31, Portland, OR
Big skate and longnose skate STAR Panel Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 7. Seattle, Washington.
Sablefish STAR Panel Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12. Seattle, Washington. 
Cowcod and gopher/black-and-yellow rockfish STAR Panel Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26. Santa Cruz, California.
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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