The Council discussed the relative priority and scheduling of previously-tasked projects, and identified new tasking. The revised 3 meeting outlook reflects this guidance.
Following review of the Council advisory groups, the Council took the following actions:
- Call for nominations for 2023 Advisory Panel and SSC members.
- Appointed 5 persons (Caitlin Allen Akselrud, Beth Matta, Andrew Seitz, Michael Smith, and Jane Sullivan) to the BSAI Groundfish Plan Team, and one person (Kristan Blackhart) to the GOA Groundfish Plan Team.
- Directed staff to solicit nominations for an active observer vacancy on the Fishery Monitoring Advisory Committee (FMAC), and additional members for the Community Engagement Committee (CEC). The Chair intends to reconvene the CEC later this year.
- Under the salmon reports agenda item, established a call for nominations for a salmon committee to include Tribal members, scientists, industry representatives, and other experts, and to be chaired by a Council member (see discussion in the salmon newsletter article).
The Council directed staff to write the following letters:
- under the B reports agenda item, to NFWF in support of several monitoring projects that have been submitted for funding (see discussion in trawl EM newsletter article).
- to NOAA Fisheries with comments on the three Draft Climate Science Regional Action Plans developed for the North Pacific.
- to NOAA Fisheries with comments on the Draft Equity and Environmental Justice Strategy.
- to NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program requesting more information on the process for moving a proposed area from the inventory to its designation as a sanctuary, and indicating the Council’s interest in providing input on that decision before it is noticed for general public comment.
- to MREP indicating the Council’s support for establishing an education program in the North Pacific.
- to NOAA Office of Law Enforcement and the US Coast Guard in support of their efforts with Operation North Pacific Guard, but also highlighting the Council’s interest that these efforts not come at the cost of Federal fishery management enforcement in the Council’s management areas.
The Council provided the following additional tasking and guidance:
- Tasking of an analysis to modify the Catcher Vessel Crew (CVC) QS and Catcher Processor Crew (CPC) QS recent participation requirements, as some crew members have not been able to comply with the participation requirement due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and unforeseen declines in the crab fisheries.
- Request for an emergency rule to suspend the recent participation requirements for CVC QS and CPC QS and suspend any revocation of and issue all IFQ for the CVC QS and CPC QS for this upcoming 2022/23 fishing season. The urgency for this action is the application deadline for 2022/23 which is June 15, 2022.
- Adoption of changes to the Council AP/SSC nomination and B reports process, guidance on remote testimony, and preparation for an October decision on harvest specifications timing and the Council’s annual meeting cycle (see separate newsletter).
- Under the B reports agenda item, support for NOAA Fisheries’ regulatory amendment to waive medical transfers that were approved during the 2020-2022 IFQ fishing years as applying towards the medical transfer limit, as well as the proposed amendment to adjust BSAI pot catcher processor monitoring requirements.
- Interest in scheduling the small sablefish initial review in the first part of next year, and for the updated analysis to include recent data on recruitment, growth rates, and market conditions and revisit the discussion on assessment uncertainty. In keeping with the IFQ Committee recommendation, the Council noted that the discussion in the previous analysis about a minimum size limit for sablefish retention (which was not part of the alternative set) should not be considered in the revised analysis.
Staff contact is Diana Evans.