Archives for June 2013

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113th SSC Meeting

113th SSC Meeting
June 18-20, 2013
Council Office
Agenda
Press Release
Report

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Scientists Recommend Increasing the Hawaii Bottomfish Quota for 2014 – Press Release

HONOLULU (21 June 2013) Scientists who provide advice on the management of federal fisheries in Hawaii and other US Pacific Islands are recommending a 6 percent increase in the 2014 quota for deep- water bottomfish in the main Hawaiian Islands. The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council determines the annual “acceptable biological catch” (ABC) of each federally managed stock, with a few exceptions, as required by Congress. The SSC concluded its three-day meeting in Honolulu on Thursday, recommending an ABC of 346,000 for seven popular deep-water bottomfish in main Hawaiian Islands. The SSC also recommended that the Council, which meets next week Wednesday to Friday in Honolulu, use the ABC as the quota for the period that begins Sept. 1, 2013, and ends on Aug. 31, 2014.
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2013-2014 Fishery Catch Quotas and Striped Marlin Overfishing Trend on Agenda for Federal Fishery Scientists, Managers – Press Release

HONOLULU (17 June 2013) Each year since 2011, federal fishery managers have been required to set annual catch limits (ACLs) for all federally managed fish stocks with a few exceptions. During this week and next, the scientists and managers responsible for setting the ACLs for Hawaii and the US Pacific island territories meet to set the limits for 2014. The sustainable catch level is based on not only scientific factors but also socioeconomic and management uncertainty considerations.
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June 2013 Hawaii REAC Meeting

Hawaii Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan Regional Ecosystem Advisory Committee
June 17, 2013 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Council office
Agenda
Report
Media Coverage:
Houston Chronicle
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
The Garden Island
San Francisco Chronicle

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2013-2014 Fishery Catch Quotas and Striped Marlin Overfishing Trend on Agenda for Federal Fishery Scientists, Managers – Press Release

HONOLULU (17 June 2013) Each year since 2011, federal fishery managers have been required to set annual catch limits (ACLs) for all federally managed fish stocks with a few exceptions. During this week and next, the scientists and managers responsible for setting the ACLs for  Hawaii and the US Pacific island territories meet to set the limits for 2014. The sustainable catch level is based on not only scientific factors but also socioeconomic and management uncertainty considerations.
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June 2013 AP Meetings

Mariana Fishery Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan Advisory Panel (Guam sub-panel) 
June 3, 2013 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Guam Fishermen’s Cooperative Association, Hagatna, Guam
Agenda
Report

American Samoa Archipelago Fishery  Ecosystem Plan Advisory Panel
June 5, 2013 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Toa’s Bar and Grill conference room, Nuuli, American Samoa
Agenda
Report

Mariana Fishery Ecosystem Plan Advisory Panel (CNMI sub-panel)
June 7, 2013 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Department of Lands & Natural Resources conference room, Saipan, CNMI
Agenda
Report

Hawaii Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan Advisory Panel
June 13, 2013 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Council office
Agenda
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Applications being accepted for Marine Science Fellowship Scholarship at UH Hilo

By B. Chen
blue@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Government’s Coral Reef Advisory Group (CRAG), together with the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WESTPAC) and the University of Hawaii at Hilo are working collaboratively to seek out eligible students for the Marine Science Fellowship Scholarship.

Applications are currently being accepted and the closing date is June 17, 2013. The scholarship winner will be notified on July 10, 2013.

CRAG, through the CRAG-WESTPAC-UH Hilo Marine Science Undergraduate Fellowship Program, continues its commitment to increasing local capacity in the field of marine science and resource management. According to the scholarship announcement received by the Samoa News, “UH Hilo is well positioned to help American Samoa meet its goals, and with matching fund support from CRAG and WESTPAC, this innovative collaborative fellowship program is made available for interested students from American Samoa.”

The American Samoa Government seeks to empower its citizens through four-year, BS/BA degree level undergraduate education and training to be able to secure local jobs after graduation. And while the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) provides students a solid beginning toward achieving this goal, there are no institutions located in in the territory that are able to provide the complete education and training required for a BS/BA degree in Marine Science.

That is why the American Samoa Government (ASG) and the University of Hawai’i at Hilo (UH Hilo) share a strong commitment to provide increased opportunities for undergraduate students from American Samoa to obtain marine science BS/BA level degrees in order to secure permanent, diverse, and expanding employment opportunities in American Samoa.

Since its inception in 1976, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WESTPAC) has been guided by social, cultural, and economic realities of Pacific Island communities, with a specific goal of promoting the involvement of western Pacific communities in western Pacific fisheries management.

The Coral Reef Advisory Group (CRAG) is a collaborative of five ASG agencies, united by a mutual consensus to manage coral reefs in American Samoa. CRAG plans and implements strategies to address various areas of coral reef protection in American Samoa, from education and outreach to scientific studies and monitoring.

All applicants wishing to be considered for the CRAG-WESTPAC Scholarship should submit unofficial copies of all college and/or university transcripts; a resume with relevant experience and activities, one letter of recommendation from a professor or relevant employer, a 750-word essay (maximum) on the importance of managing coral reefs in your island jurisdiction, and their career goals upon completion of the marine science fellowship program.

Those who are eligible to apply for the partnership scholarship must have:

•            Completed a two-year program in marine science or related field at any accredited college/university within the US and its territories;

•            A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and above;

•            Acquired an acceptance letter to the University of Hawaii at Hilo for Fall 2013;

•            Demonstrated interest and previous work/involvement with coral reef conservation;

•            Guaranteed to return to American Samoa upon completion of the program and provide services through any of the five agencies of CRAG for a minimum of three years;

•            Strong ties (of Samoan ancestry) to the culture and traditions of American Samoa; and

•            Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S.National

Application material may be sent by mail, fax, email, or drop-off at attention to Derek Toloumu at the Department of Marine & Wildlife Resources in Fagatogo, and must be received no later than June 17, 2013, at 4:00 pm, to the following:

ASG/CRAG-WESTPAC-UH Hilo Marine Science Scholarship

Attn:  Derek Toloumu

Mail:             P.O. Box 3730

Department of Marine & Wildlife Resources

Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799

Email:  derek.toloumu@doc.as/ Phone: 684-633-4456/ FAX: 684-633-5944

 

View the original article on the Samoa News website here.

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Come to the Fishers Forum!

Have you made plans to come to the Fishers Forum yet? King Shark: From Manō to Jaws. Come learn more about the culture, science and management of sharks in Hawai`i. Refreshments will be provided and prizes will be available. This event is FREE so come and join in the discussion!

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157th Council Meeting Action Item Summaries

Action item summaries for the 157th Council Meeting are now available for download.  Check out the meetings page, or download directly here.

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FR Notice Final Ruling on Fishing in the Marianas Trench, Pacific Remote Islands, and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments

The FR Notice with the final ruling on fishing in the Marianas Trench, Pacific Remote Islands, and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments is now available.

In this final rule, NMFS establishes requirements for fishing in the Marianas Trench, Pacific Remote Islands, and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments. The intent of this rule is to implement fishery management measures consistent with Presidential Proclamations 8335, 8336, and 8337, which established the monuments.

View the FR Notice here.