NMFS publishes proposed rule: 2020 Annual Determination To Implement the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement

On January 23, 2020 the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a proposed rule “2020 Annual Determination To Implement the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement”, pursuant to its authority under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Through the AD, NMFS identifies U.S. fisheries operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific Ocean that will be […]

Written Public Comment

Written public comment can be submitted to the Council through its e-Portal when comment periods are open before Council meetings. A list of Council meetings will appear on the ePortal page; when the public comment period is open, the first Council meeting on the list will show its comment status as “open.” Next, you will […]

Exempted Fishing Permit applications for 2020

Application process By means of exempted fishing permits (EFPs) National Marine Fisheries Service “may authorize, for limited testing, public display, data collection, exploratory fishing, compensation fishing, conservation engineering, health and safety surveys, environmental cleanup, and/or hazard removal purposes, the target or incidental harvest of species managed under an FMP or fishery regulations that would otherwise be prohibited” (50 CFR 600.745(b)). The Council reviews […]

Ad Hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee meeting January 22-23, 2020 in Portland, Oregon

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s ad hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee (SaMTAAC) met January 22-23, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. This announcement published in the Federal Register on 12/16/2019. Meeting documents The following documents were developed for that meeting: January 2020 meeting agenda Meeting Summary: SaMTAAC, October 9-10, 2019 SaMTAAC Agenda Item A.2, […]

Habitat Committee to meet via webinar on October 30

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Habitat Committee will hold a meeting via webinar, which is open to the public. The webinar will be held Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 9 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, and will end at noon on the same day. Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at […]

Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup to hold webinar October 29

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council)  Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) Workgroup (Workgroup) will meet via webinar, and this meeting will be open to the public.  The webinar meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), or until business for the day […]

Ad Hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee October 9-10, 2019 meeting

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s ad hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee (SaMTAAC) met, October 9-10, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. At its meeting, the SaMTAAC continued their work to develop alternatives that address obstacles to achieving the goals and objectives of the groundfish trawl catch share plan related to under-attainment of non-sablefish shorebased trawl […]