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    • At their November 2005 meeting, the Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted alternatives for Drift Gillnet Fishery Time/Area closures. The Council is reevaluating the size and location of closed areas to protect leatherback sea turtles from the drift gillnet fishery. A range of alternatives is being developed; the Council will make a final decision in March 2006.

      The Council also discusses albacore conservation concerns. The Council is considering its response to a resolution by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission to ensure that effort by vessels fishing North Pacific albacore is not increased. (12/19/05)

    • The HMS plan development team will be presenting the first draft of the HMS fishery management plan to the Pacific Fishery Management Council on March 8, 2001. The Council meeting will be held in the Riverview Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel-Columbia River (1401 Hayden Island Dr., Porltand, OR) 503-283-2111). The HMS Advisory Subpanel will hold a work session March 6 - 7, 2001, to review the first draft of the plan prior to the Council meeting. The Advisory Subpanel will hold its work session in the Nehalem Room begining at 10:30 on 3/6/01. (2/21/01)

    • At their March 2000 meeting, the Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted a control date of March 9, 2000 for a possible limited entry system for commercial and charter fisheries for HMS. The HMS plan development team will begin compiling relevant information needed to discuss limited entry. The task of developing recommendations or options on limited entry will be assigned to the HMS Advisory Subpanel or a separate comittee. The Advisiory panel has been asked to discuss this issue at its next meeting and make a recommendation. (3/20/00)

    • The Pacific Fishery Management Council is developing a fishery management plan (FMP) for highly migratory species which will include tunas, sharks, and swordfish. In October 1999, four scoping sessions were held in Oregon, Washington, and California to obtain public input on important issues. These issues will be addressed in the FMP. Summaries of these sessions are available from the council office or on the Council's website (addresses below). One issue raised from public input is limited entry. At it's March 2000 meeting, the Council will consider adopting a control date for limiting access to West Coast-based commercial fisheries for HMS. (1/5/00)

    • If you would like to be put on the mailing list for future announcements concerning the HMS FMP, contact the Pacific Fishery Management Council, 2130 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 224, Portland, OR (530-326-6352).

    • Additional information on highly migratory species is available from the Pacific Fishery Management Council at [] and the National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Region at [] .


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Last updated 12/19/05


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