Archives for April 2013


Comment Request Response Archives


  • 90-Day Finding on a Petition to Delist the Green Turtle in Hawaii – Council Comments 09-30-12
  • 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the Scalloped Hammerhead Shark under the ESA – Council Comments
  • Proposed Expansion of Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Regulatory Changes, and Sanctuary Name Change – Council Comments 12-30-11
  • Proposed False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan – Supplemental Comments 11-1-11
  • Proposed False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan – Council Comments 10-14-11
  • Hawaiian Monk Seal PEIS – Council Comments 10-14-11
  • Proposed revision of the Hawaiian monk seal critical habitat – Council Comments 08-30-2011
  • Proposed 2012 List of Fisheries – Council Comments 07-25-2011
  • Proposed listing of Hawaiian insular false killer whale distinct population segment as endangered – Council Comments 02-11-2011
  • 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List 83 Species of Corals under the ESA – Council Comments 4-12-10

Fall 2012 Pacific Island Fishery Newsletter

Download the Fall 2012 Pacific Islands Fishery Newsletter here.


NMFS Begins Rule-making Process for Billfish Conservation Act

NMFS issues this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to provide background information and request public comment on potential issues related to the implementation of the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012.

DATES: Written comments regarding the issues in this ANPR must be received by 5 p.m., local time, on July 3, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA–NMFS–2013–0004, by any of the following methods:

• Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to!docketDetail;D=NOAA–NMFS–2013–0004, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

• Mail: Submit written comments to Kim Marshall, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

• Fax: 301–713–1193; Attn: Kim Marshall.

Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only.


Pelagic Plan Team Meeting April 22-25

The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meeting of its Pelagics Plan Team (PPT) and Archipelagic Fishery Ecosystem Plan Teams, in Honolulu, HI, to discuss fishery issues and develop recommendations for future management.
2013 PT FR


Fishers Forum for Pago Pago Bay


2012 Press Releases


Amendment of 4 Eco-system Plans Available

Notice of Availability of amendment of four fishery ecosystem plans to establish fishing requirements consistent with the Presidential proclamations that created the Marianas Trench, Pacific Remote Islands, and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments
Federal Register Notice (FR Notice)

Submit electronic comments via:!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2012-0070
Proposed Rule for extending the 5-year moratorium on the harvest of gold corals in the Western Pacific region. Comments due April 25, 2013.
Federal Register Notice (FR Notice)

Submit electronic comments via:!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2013-0002