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NMFS announces the availability of a proposed rule for public review and comment. NMFS is proposing changes to the Pacific coast groundfish trawl RCA boundaries off Washington, Oregon and Northern California. NMFS also is putting forward alternative RCA boundaries that open less area than the area opened by the proposed RCA boundaries. NMFS is seeking public comment on both sets of RCA boundaries. The trawl RCA is a large-scale closed area that is closed to groundfish fishing by vessels using groundfish bottom trawl gear in the IFQ fishery.
Below is the proposed rule. If you have problems opening, saving or viewing this PDF, please call (206) 526-6140.
NOAA news release, July 7th
Consider your smartphone, tablet, or computer for a moment. More than just the way to do business around the office, these emerging technologies are fast becoming the latest tools we use to gather fisheries data in the field.
Advancements in electronic technologies bring with them the promise of better data, better decision-making, and better fishing. NOAA Fisheries is constantly striving to keep our science on the cutting edge. That is why we've recently launched an initiative to evaluate emerging technologies for use in fishery-dependent data collections with the goal of providing timely, accurate, and cost-effective information.
Back in April, NOAA Fisheries issued an Electronic Technology Policy Directive, supported by a series of white papers, to evaluate and encourage the use of the latest monitoring and reporting technologies.
Today, our Office of Policy released a discussion draft of advice and best practices guidance to map out some of the issues and challenges associated with the adoption of such new technologies. This guidance will stimulate conversations taking place among our Regional Offices, Science Centers, Fishery Management Councils, Interstate Fishery Commissions and fishing communities to identify, evaluate, and implement electronic reporting and monitoring technology in their regional fisheries.
Successful integration of new data collection technologies requires collaboration among scientists, managers, and the fishing community. We've brought on board George Lapointe to guide this process. Some of you are familiar with George from his superior leadership as Commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, member of the New England Fishery Management Council, member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), or as the Director of ASMFC's Interstate Fisheries Management Program.
Over the coming weeks and months, George will be traveling the country to hear from a variety of voices. Innovative ideas from the community are already contributing to the discussion. We hope you will lend your valuable experience to this effort. Our regional offices, science centers, and Atlantic highly migratory species division will work through the Fishery Management Councils, Advisory Panel, and Interstate Commissions to engage the fishing community in a conversation about regional issues, needs, and potential solutions.
You can begin the discussion right now by taking a moment to share with us your input on the draft discussion guidance document at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our goal is to collaboratively develop final content that reflects the knowledge and experiences of the Councils and Regions. Responses will be accepted through September and included in a revised guidance document we expect to be released later this fall.
We look forward to working with you on this latest effort to ensure quality data. Stay tuned for more updates on the initiative.
In the meantime, you can contact George directly at George@georgelapointeconsulting.com with questions, thoughts or ideas.
Laurel BryantChief, External Affairs
NOAA Fisheries Communications Laurel.Bryant@noaa.govwww.nmfs.noaa.gov
The National Marine Fisheries Service announces the publication of a proposed rule, the Program Improvement and Enhancement Rule (PIE 2), in the Federal Register that proposes revisions to the Pacific coast groundfish trawl rationalization program, a catch share program, and includes clarifications of regulations that affect the limited entry trawl and limited entry fixed gear sectors managed under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan.
Please see PDFs below.
NMFS announces allocations of Pacific whiting, adjustments to QS accounts, adjustments to vessel accounts, and changes to the online IFQ system.
Here is a PDF with the details.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces adjustments to quota share (QS) accounts for Pacific halibut in the Shorebased individual fishing quota (IFQ) program, plans for vessel accounts to prepare for surplus carryover in the shorebased IFQ program, and changes to the online IFQ system.
Please see PDF below.
At the April Council meeting, NMFS released the annual catch report for the West Coast groundfish IFQ fishery. You can download the report in PDF format below.
Public notice regarding extension to emergency rule re allocation of whiting, plus info on vessel account transfers
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the publication of an extension to the temporary, emergency rule, called the Reconsideration of Allocation of Whiting, Delay of Relevant Regulations (“RAW 1”), in the Federal Register (78 FR 3848, January 17, 2013).
Additionally, as of January 15, 2013, non-renewed vessel accounts will no longer be able to receive quota pound (QP) transfers unless the account is in deficit. In the case of a deficit, a non-renewed vessel account will only be eligible to accept QP transfers in for the species in deficit and only up to the amount of the deficit.
A "2013 IFQ Important Dates Calendar" is included in this public notice for your convenience.
See the PDF below.