FOURTY – SECOND ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CANADA – U.S. GROUNDFISH COMMITTEE
May 11, 2000
Mark Saunders (Canada) called the meeting to order at 9:00 am on May 11, 2000.
Parent Committee Members
TSC members and others present
Lesley MacDougall of the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans was appointed secretary for the meeting.
Agenda was approved.
Minutes of the forty-first Annual Meeting (1999) were adopted.
Letters sent out ½ month ago: Jane Ducosmo – asked to come but couldn’t, Jim Glocken – letter sent but he couldn’t come. Perhaps a phone call should have been made as well.
Stephen: we talked about communications between lingcod researchers. Based on this year’s recommendations we need to carry on. Sanders: part of the hake negotiations is a move for joint review and joint management protocol – we need to keep it on the table. Strategic plan – perhaps some recommendations will come from that. MOU available? Will be, with the records of both countries in draft. Bill Robinson or Will Stell (delegates at last conference)
Stephen: said letter posted on website, part of annual process.
September call happened in February – maybe sooner next year.
Saunders: Did occur in hake negotiations, and other species were discussed as well.
PacFIN information is available in hardcopy, and will be placed on the website, and will be part of the annual report (Stephen). Will still be making hardcopies of the reports, and need an updated list of people who want the current reports as well as reports from previous years. Resolved: a recommendation from parent committee to itself to get old reports to those on the cc’d list that want them, and update the list.
SWMFC will pay for the publication costs. Decided a letter of appreciation should be sent to the sponsors of the symposium.
Letters were sent out, but this recommendation should be carried forward this year as well.
Advice was given to the TSC. Endorsed polling recipients, without suggesting specific people. Committee did not feel that hardcopies should stop being produced. Decided that the TSC website should be linked to a public site.
This process is occurring for hake. Both sides want a joint review, and single assessment for transboundary stocks. No movement from management from on stocks requiring separate assessments. Committee decided this recommendation needed to be carried forward, and requires more discussion. Will be added to the agenda for the Newport meeting.
A draft format was sent out, but received little feedback. Management discussion was removed from DFO report. Suggestion: stock assessment, research and management for each species currently, perhaps management should be removed, and a separate summary of management activities should be submitted. Most reports are similarly formatted, but Washington’s reports by activities not species. Looking for consistency. One page summaries of management issues, with pointers to websites etc for more detailed information may help to keep the reports concise.
Groundfish Strategic Plan: US member agrees to post strategic plan, subject to release by the PSFMC.
Parent Committee agrees that these letters should be sent.
Parent Committee endorses bringing together Canadian and U. S. managers to discuss yield options.
1. The Parent Committee recommends TSC annually review the appropriateness of their report format. In addition they should consider removing management headings for individual species and ask management to provide annual reports.
2. Parent Committee recommends TSC include a discussoion in their 2001 meeting of assessment review and mangement of trans-boundary stocks.
1. The Parent Committee is to develop a distribution list for hard copy of the TSC report and ensure that the 1999 and future reports are distributed.
2. Parent Committee recommends letters to California Sea Grant and California Seafood council expressing our appreciation for funding of the Sardine Symposium 2000.
3. Continue to explore options for developing a process by which Canadian and U.S. managers can jointly manage trans-boundary stocks.
4. All agencies need to be solicited to attend next year’s meeting. TSC Chair needs to contact Parent Committee and report on 1999 anticipated meeting attendance, follow – up letter will be drafted if attendance is needed from TSC members.
5. Review progress on recommendations by convening a September conference call.
The Parent Committee would like to thank DFO (except Mark Saunders) for hosting this year’s meeting.
The Parent Committee recognizes Tom Barnes for chairing the TSC meeting for the past two years.
The 2001 Annual Parent Committee meeting will be held May 10th, in Newport, Oregon, U. S.