Archives for October 2014

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Press Release – Western Pacific Fishery Management Council Maintains 346,000-Pound Catch Limit for Hawai`i Deep 7 Bottomfish, Urges the Feds to Support US Fisheries at International Meetings

Bottomfish catch in Guam

A typical shallow bottomfishing catch in Guam
may include more than a dozen species.

HONOLULU (24 October 2014) The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council concluded its three-day 161st  meeting yesterday in Honolulu, voting to maintain its previous recommendation of 346,000 pounds for the 2014-2015 annual catch limit (ACL) for main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) Deep 7 bottomfish.

The MHI Deep 7 fishery is the only one of its kind in the State of Hawai`i after a Presidential proclamation created a marine national monument and banned fishing in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The Deep 7 fishery consists of a complex of six deep-water snappers and one grouper, including prized `opakapaka and onaga. The Deep 7 bottomfish are featured in signature dishes by local restaurants serving Hawai`i Pacific cuisine and are culturally significant in Hawai`i.
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***PLEASE NOTE: 161 CM Agenda Change-Pelagic Fisheries to be presented FIRST today

ATTENTION: 161st Council Meeting AGENDA CHANGE! Pelagic and International Fisheries agenda items will be presented to the Council first on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Deliberation and action on Marianas Archipelago Fisheries and Hawaii Archipelago Fisheries will follow.

For agenda, webcast, and other information, click here

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Fishers Forum

Date: October 21, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Harbor View Center
1129 North Nimitz Highway, Honolulu

Topic: Hawai`i Yellowfin and North Pacific Striped Marlin Management
Agenda
Press Release

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161st Council Meeting

Date: October 20, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Council Office, Honolulu, HI

Dates: October 21-23, 2014
Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Elizabeth Fuller Hall, Laniakea YWCA
1040 Richards Street, Honolulu

Parking Map
161st Council Meeting Minutes
161st Council Meeting Agenda
FR Notice
Action Item Summaries
161st Council Meeting Action Memorandum

Agency Reports:
PIRO Report
PIFSC Report
GC Report
USCG Report
OLE Report
GCEL Report

Program Planning and Research Action Items:
Bottomfish ACL Specifications
Reconsideration of ACLs and AMs

Hawaii Archipelago Action Items:
MHI Deep7 Reconsideration – Final Action to be taken Thursday (Oct. 23, 2014) morning
MHI Bottomfish Regulatory Changes Amendment

Pelagic & International Fisheries Action Items:
Framework Process for RFMO Conservation Amendment and Draft Proposed Regulations for NP Striped Marlin
Bigeye Tuna Stock Status
Hawaii Yellowfin Tuna and Bigeye Tuna Minimum Size
AS EEZ Albacore Catch Limit

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Fishery Data Collection and Research Committee Meeting

Date: October 20, 2014
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Council Office, Honolulu

Agenda
FR Notice

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Press Release – Fishers Forum on Hawai`i Yellowfin and North Pacific Striped Marlin Management

Hawai`i yellowfin tuna will be one of the topics of the Fishers Forum at Harbor View Center on Oct. 21. Photo courtesy of David Itano, a Fishers Forum presenter.

Hawai`i yellowfin tuna will be one of the topics of the Fishers Forum at Harbor View Center on Oct. 21. Photo courtesy of David Itano, a Fishers Forum presenter.

HONOLULU (16 October 2014) The public is invited to attend the Fishers Forum on Hawai`i yellowfin tuna and North Pacific striped marlin and view a sneak preview of ‘Ahi–The Yellowfin Tuna. This short documentary focuses on the importance of the species and research on the local stock that may have important management implications. This family friendly and free event will be held Oct. 21,2014, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Harbor View Center at Pier 38, 1129 North Nimitz Highway (above Nico’s restaurant).

This Fishers Forum is presented by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and will focus on two fish that are very popular with consumers in Hawai`i: yellowfin tuna (`ahi) and striped marlin (a`u or nairagi).
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117th Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting

Dates: October 14-16, 2014
Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Council Office, Honolulu

Agenda
FR Notice
Press Release

Agency Report(s):
PIFSC Report

Program Planning Action Items:
ABCs for Territorial Bottomfish
Report on CIE Review of BAC-MSY
Reconsideration of ABCs for Coral Reef

Pelagic Fisheries Action Items:
RFMO Framework Process and Draft Proposed Regulations for Striped Marlin
Bigeye Tuna Status
Hawaii Yellowfin Tuna and Bigeye Tuna Minimum Size

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Press Release – Scientists to Review Pacific Bigeye Tuna, North Pacific Striped Marlin and Other US Pacific Island Fishery Management Measures

HONOLULU (10 October 2014) The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council’s Sci

The Hawai'i longline fishery targets bigeye tuna for the sashimi- and fresh-fish domestic markets.

The Hawai’i longline fishery targets bigeye tuna for the sashimi- and fresh-fish domestic markets.

entific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will convene 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 to 16, 2014, at the Council office, 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, to review management measures for US Pacific Island fisheries and make recommendations for Council consideration the following week. Management recommendations made by the Council are transmitted to the Secretary of Commerce for final approval and then implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the US Coast Guard.

 

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Education Steering Committee Meeting

Date: October 13, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Council Office, Honolulu

Agenda
FR Notice

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Fall 2014 Pacific Islands Fishery Newsletter

The Fall 2014 issue of the Pacific Islands Fishery Newsletter is here! Click on the image below to read online.

 

Download the Fall 2014 Pacific Islands Fishery News here!