Archives for October 2013

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Press Release – Eliminate Bottomfish Restricted Fishing Areas in Hawaii, Fishery Council Recommends

HONOLULU (21 October 2013) The State of Hawaii’s Bottomfish Restricted Fishing Areas (BRFAs) located in federal waters should be eliminated, according to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. Meeting last week in Honolulu, the Council also encouraged the State to consider removing all BRFAs in State waters.
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Press Release – US Should Refuse Any Quota Reduction for Hawaii Bigeye Tuna, Fishery Council Says

HONOLULU (18 October 2013) The United States should not accept a reduction in the bigeye tuna limit for the Hawaii longline fishery, according to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, which concluded a four-day meeting in Honolulu today. Authorized by Congress to manage fisheries seaward of State and Territorial waters in the US Pacific Islands, the Council noted that the Hawaii longline fishery operates several thousand miles from the equatorial Pacific, where nearly 90 percent of bigeye tuna fishing mortality occurs.
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Fishers Forum: Debunking Fishery Myths

Have you made plans to come to the October 17 Fishers Forum yet? Debunking fishery myths. Learn about what’s fact or fiction in Hawaii’s fisheries, longline, lay and surround net, spearfishing, aquarium fish collecting and more. Enjoy informational booths, panel presentations, public discussion and door prizes. This event is FREE, so come and join us!

Click on the links below for the

Agenda
Flyer

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158th Council Meeting

158th Council Meeting
October 15-18, 2013 Honolulu, Hawaii

Parking Map
Federal Register Notice
Public Agenda
10.18.13 Press Release
10.21.13 Press Release

FINAL 158th CM Action Memo
FINAL 158TH MINUTES

Media Coverage:
Fish Information & Services – US should not accept Hawaii big tuna quota reduction
Atuna – Glenn Hurry: “It Will Be A Tough Week in Cairns”
Saipan Tribune – Mariana shark assessment and fisheries development
Radio New Zealand – Tuna Commission warns of new quotas and difficult decisions ahead of meeting
Atuna – US Should Not Accept Proposed 45 Pct Cut on Bigeye

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114th SSC Meeting

114th SSC Meeting
October 8-10, 2013
Council Office
114 SSC Report
Federal Register Notice
114th SSC Agenda
10-04-13 Press Release

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Press Release – Scientists, Managers to Consider Proposed Bigeye Quota Reduction

HONOLULU (04 October 2013) The port of Honolulu consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top 10 fishing ports in terms of value landed. The reason is the sashimi-quality bigeye tuna landed by the Hawaii longline fleet. This fishery is recognized globally as a model for sustainable pelagic fishing with a rating of 95 percent against the UN Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing. Eighty percent of the tuna landed by the fishery stays in Hawaii, where tuna tops the list of seafood consumed.
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NMFS Issues Notice of Intent to Prepare a Recovery Plan for Main Hawaiian Islands Insular False Killer Whales

On October 2, 2013, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a recovery plan for the Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) insular false killer whales that was listed as “Endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in December 2012. Under the ESA, NMFS is required to develop and implement a recovery plan for listed species unless such a plan will not promote the conservation of the species. NMFS also announced a 30-day request for information period, which closes on November 1, 2013.

For more information on the NOI to prepare the MHI insular false killer whale recovery plan and instructions on submitting information, see the Federal Register Notice here.

NOTE: Background documents referenced in the FR notice is currently not accessible through the link provided in the notice due to the federal government shutdown. For your convenience, the documents can be downloaded from the list below: