The Pacific Council News
Reporting on the June 2019 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting held in San Diego, California.
Groundfish News
Council, NMFS agree on creating Federal trawl logbook program

Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup meets

Council takes final action on albatross take in longline fishery

Inseason adjustments to groundfish fisheries

NMFS developing electronic monitoring guidelines
Council adopts schedule for setting 2021-2022 harvest specs, management measures

Council ponders how to phase in conservative catch limits
Salmon and Halibut News
Klamath, Sacramento Fall Chinook rebuilding plans approved

Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup meets

Transfer of halibut management moves forward
Coastal Pelagic Species News
Northern anchovy
CPS shorts: sardine rules, change of categories, stock assessment prioritization, more

Final action on Pacific mackerel assessment, harvest specifications, management
Highly Migratory Species News
Man holding tuna
HMS shorts: Deep-set buoy gear, bluefin tuna, sea turtles, management strategy evaluations, Inter-American Tropical Tuna meeting, and drift gillnet performance

More West Coast yellowfin tuna regulations not needed now

Seventeen exempted fishing permits forwarded
Habitat and Ecosystem
Habitat report: Jordan Cove, offshore wind, replenishing beaches, and Klamath River flows
Administrative News
Legislative report: Forage fish bill, upgrading tribal fishing facilities


Allocation review procedures adopted
Enforcement Corner
Coast Guard gives annual report on West Coast activities (with video!)
September Council Meeting Agenda
The September Council meeting will be held September 11-18 in Boise, Idaho.
  • Habitat
  • NMFS Strategic Plan
  • Legislation

  • Fishery Ecosystem Plan five-year review: vision
  • Climate and Communities Initiative

  • Methodology Review
  • Rebuilding plans
  • Southern resident killer whale ESA consultation
  • Review of annual management cycle

  • 2A Catch Sharing Plan preliminary changes
  • Commercial directed fishery regulations for 2020
  • NMFS report
  • Workload and new management measures
  • Electronic monitoring program guidelines
  • ESA salmon mitigation measures
  • Adopt stock assessments
  • 2020 harvest specs for cowcod and shortbelly rockfish
  • Phased-in approach to changing harvest limits
  • 2021-2022 spex and management measures
  • Inseason adjustments
  • Methodology review: final topic selection

Highly Migratory Species
  • NMFS report
  • International management
  • Exempted fishing permits
  • Deep-set buoy gear (final)

Upcoming meetings
Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup Meeting July 2 (webinar) and July 23-24, 2019 (Vancouver, WA)

Cowcod and gopher/black-and-yellow rockfish STAR Panel Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26. Santa Cruz, California
Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup Webinars August 6 and September 4, 2019

Highly Migratory Species Management Team August 7-8, Long Beach, California

Ad Hoc Climate and Communities Core Team Webinar August 8
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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