NPFMC prepares for February meeting

Federal fisheries managers preparing for virtual meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council have released the agenda for the session, to be held Feb. 5 and Feb. 8-12, and are welcoming written comments through Jan 29.

The February session, normally held in Seattle, will be online only due to health and safety precautions necessary as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to spread.

Major items up for final action during the meeting include Bering Sea/Aleutian Island Pacific cod pot catcher processor license limitation program endorsements and standardized bycatch reporting methodology.

The complete agency and other meeting details are at meetings.npfmc.org/Meeting/Details/1844. Written comments are being accepted at this website too.

All sessions of the council’s advisory panel, scientific and statistical committee, as well as the council session itself will be held on Adobe Connection. Anyone intending to give oral testimony must be connected by phone, ideally by connecting audio in Adobe Connect.