CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
In February 2018, the Council changed priorities for the EM workgroup to reflect a new focus in developing EM use on trawl catcher vessels. The Council formed the EM Workgroup in February 2014 to create an ongoing forum for EM discussions (initially with a fixed gear focus), and to inform Council decisions and recommendations to NMFS on EM integration. To date, the EM Workgroup has helped Council and the agency to develop the EM program that has been implemented in fixed gear sectors. At this meeting, the Council announced that it is reconstituting membership and is soliciting representatives of trawl catcher vessels and EM providers in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska to join the EM Workgroup.
The EM Workgroup’s next meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 15 in Seattle. If you are interested in joining the EM Workgroup or re-confirming your existing membership (if you represent an EM provider), please send a letter of interest to Elizabeth Figus at the Council office (email@example.com; 907-271-2801) by noon on March 30, 2018.