Pacific Fishery Management Council

Pacific Fishery Management Council

March 2023 Council Meeting - Briefing Book Public Comments

Public Comments
Closed for written comment at 03/01/2023 05:00 PM PST Closed for oral testimony sign-up

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Meeting Time: 03/05/2023 08:00 AM PST

The following Agenda is subject to change.



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A. Call to Order
A1 Opening Remarks
B. Open Comment
B1 1 Comment Comments on Non-Agenda Items
C. Pacific Halibut
C1 0 Comments Annual Report of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC)
C2 0 Comments Incidental Catch Recommendations: Options for Salmon Troll and Final Action on Recommendations for Fixed Gear Sablefish Fisheries
D. Salmon Management
D1 0 Comments National Marine Fisheries Service Report
D2 3 Comments Review of 2022 Fisheries and Summary of 2023 Stock Forecasts
D3 4 Comments Identify Management Objectives and Preliminary Definition of 2023 Management Alternatives
D4 1 Comment Recommendations for 2023 Management Alternative Analysis
D5 0 Comments Further Direction for 2023 Management Alternatives
D6 0 Comments Further Direction for 2023 Management Alternatives
D7 0 Comments Adopt 2023 Management Alternatives for Public Review
D8 0 Comments Appoint Salmon Hearings Officers
E. Habitat Issues
E1 0 Comments Current Habitat Issues
F. Groundfish Management
F1 0 Comments National Marine Fisheries Service Report
F2 1 Comment Implementation of the 2023 Pacific Whiting Fishery under the U.S./Canada Agreement
F3 0 Comments Sablefish Pot Gear Marking - Feasibility Report
F4 1 Comment Non-Trawl Area Management – Final Preferred Alternative
F5 1 Comment Electronic Monitoring Program Changes - Final Preferred Alternative
F6 0 Comments Final Assessment Methodologies
F7 0 Comments Amendment 31 Groundfish Stock Definitions
F8 1 Comment Workload and New Management Measure Priorities
F9 0 Comments Inseason Adjustments – Final Action
G. Administrative Matters
G1 0 Comments United States Coast Guard (USCG) Annual Report
G2 0 Comments Report of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS)
G3 0 Comments Marine Planning
G4 0 Comments Approval of Council Meeting Record
G5 0 Comments Membership Appointments and Council Operating Procedures
G6 0 Comments Future Council Meeting Agenda and Workload Planning
H. Ecosystem Management
H1 1 Comment California Current Ecosystem Annual Report
H2 1 Comment Fishery Ecosystem Plan Initiative Workplan
I. Highly Migratory Species Management
I1 0 Comments National Marine Fisheries Service Report
I2 1 Comment International Management Activities
I3 1 Comment Drift Gillnet Hard Caps Update