Federal Fisheries Council Meeting Underway in Anchorage

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s fall meeting
is underway in Anchorage through Oct. 14. The meeting is being aired over the
Internet at https://npfmc.adobeconnect.com/october2014/
Motions will be posted online following the meeting.
The council’s scientific and statistical committee began its
meeting’s on Oct. 6, on the observer deployment plan, and the council’s
advisory council began it’s discussions on the same subject on Oct. 7. The full
council was expected to take up the observer annual deployment plan today,
after hearing a report from NPFMC executive director Chris Oliver. Oliver’s
report is expected to include updates on Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation
and Management Act legislation and a discussion of the council’s joint meeting
with the International Pacific Halibut Commission, plus management reports from
the National Marine Fisheries Service. The agenda is online at http://legistar2.granicus.com/npfmc/meetings/2014/10/894_A_North_Pacific_Council_14-10-06_Meeting_Agenda.pdf
The council has scheduled final action during this meeting
for community development quota Pacific cod fishery development.

The council has allocated time for discussion of Gulf of
Alaska trawl bycatch management, including discussion papers and a salmon
genetics report. The final report on the Amendment 80 five-year review and an
initial review of Aleutian Island Pacific cod allocation and delivery
requirements are also on the agenda.