NPFMC December Meeting

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory committees will hold public meetings in Anchorage, AK.

The meetings will be held December 3, 2012 through December 11, 2012. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel, 500 W 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, AK.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Witherell, Council staff; telephone:  (907) 271-2809.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Council will begin its plenary session at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5 continuing through Tuesday, December 11. The Scientific Statistical Committee (SSC) will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 3 and continue through Wednesday, December 5, the Council's Advisory Panel (AP) will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, December 4 and continue through Saturday, December 8. The Enforcement Committee will meet Tuesday, December 4, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Halibut Charter Committee will meet Tuesday, December 4, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. All meetings are open to the public, except executive sessions.

    Council Plenary Session: The agenda for the Council's plenary session will include the following issues. The Council may take appropriate action on any of the issues identified.


1. Executive Director's Report

NMFS Management Report (including report on observer deployment and 

implementation, report on Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) consultation, 

update on response to halibut subsistence proposal)

Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) Report (including report on 

Chinook salmon conference and update on halibut subsistence)

NOAA Enforcement Report

United States Coast Guard (USCG) Report (including Aleutian Island Risk 


United State Fish & Wildlife (USFWL) Report

International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) Report (T)(including a 

report on the IPHC closed area)(T)

Protected Species Report

    2. Groundfish Specifications: Review Gulf of Alaska (GOA) pollock 

Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP): Adopt final catch specifications for GOA 

groundfish; Adopt final catch specifications for Bering Sea Aleutian 

Island (BSAI) groundfish.

    3. Salmon Prohibited Species Catch (PSC): Initial review on BSAI 

Chum Salmon Bycatch; Initial review on GOA Chinook Bycatch All Trawl 


    4. Halibut Issues: Recommendations for 2013 Charter Halibut; 

Discussion paper on Community Quota Entity (CQE) small block 

restrictions; discussion paper on retention of 4A halibut in sablefish 


    5. Steller Sea Lion (SSL) Mitigation: Identify Alternatives for SSL 

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Analysis.

    6. Miscellaneous Groundfish: Progress report on Programmatic 

Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (PSEIS)/Supplemental 

Information Report (SIR); Discussion paper on Vessel Monitoring System 

(VMS) use and requirements.

    7. Staff Tasking: Review Committees and tasking; Review halibut/

sablefish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) issues for tasking/timing; 

provide direction on Round Island transit analysis scope, purpose and 


    8. Other Business.

    The SSC agenda will include the following issues:

1. Groundfish Specifications

2. Update on Salmon Genetics

3. Review BSAI Salmon Bycatch

4. Review GOA Chinook Bycatch all trawl fisheries

The Advisory Panel will address most of the same agenda issues as 

the Council except B reports. The Agenda is subject to change, and the 

latest version will be posted at

    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come 

before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject 

of formal action during these meetings. Action will be restricted to 

those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising 

after publication of this notice that require emergency action under 

section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 

Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's 

intent to take final action to address the emergency.