Archives for July 2015

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Press Release – Hawaii Longline Bigeye Fishery in the Western and Central Pacific Forced to Close

HONOLULU (29 July 2015) The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced that Hawaii longline vessels fishing in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) will no longer be able to retain and land bigeye tuna between August 5, 2015, and the end of the year. This is because the fishery has reached a bigeye catch limit of 3,502 metric tons (mt), established by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in 2014.
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FR Notice – WCPFC 2015 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Closure

SUMMARY: NMFS is closing the U.S. pelagic longline fishery for bigeye tuna in the western and central Pacific Ocean as a result of the fishery reaching the 2015 catch limit. This action is necessary to prevent additional fishing pressure on this fish stock.

DATES: Effective August 5, 2015, through December 31, 2015.

To view the complete FR Notice, click here.

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NMFS and FWS Extends Comment Period on the Green Turtle ESA-Listing Proposed Rule

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced an extension on the public comment period on the proposed rule to revise the green turtle listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Public comments will be due on August 26, 2015.

To read the full notice on the comment period extension, click here.

For more information about the proposed rule, read the original post: http://www.wpcouncil.org/2015/03/20/nmfs-and-fws-announces-response-to-green-turtle-delisting-petition/

To submit public comment on this proposed rule, go to this website and click on the “Comment Now!” icon: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2012-0154

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FR Notice – International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits in Longline Fisheries for 2015

SUMMARY: NMFS issues regulations under authority of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (WCPFC Implementation Act) to establish a catch limit of 3,502 metric tons (mt) of bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus) for vessels in the U.S. pelagic longline fisheries operating in the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) for calendar year 2015. The limit does not apply to vessels in the longline fisheries of American Samoa, Guam, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Once the limit of 3,502 mt is reached in 2015, retaining, transshipping, or landing bigeye tuna caught in the area of application of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Convention), which comprises the majority of the WCPO, will be prohibited for the remainder of the calendar year, with certain exceptions. This action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its obligations under the Convention, to which it is a Contracting Party.

To view the complete FR Notice, click here.

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FR Notice – International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Fishing Effort and Catch Limits and Other Restrictions and Requirements

SUMMARY: NMFS proposes and seeks comments on a proposed rule and proposed specifications to be issued under authority of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (WCPFC Implementation Act). The proposed rule would establish a framework under which NMFS would specify limits on fishing effort and catches, as well as spatial and temporal restrictions on particular fishing activities and other requirements, in U.S. fisheries for highly migratory fish species in the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO). NMFS would issue the specifications as needed to implement conservation and management measures adopted by the Commission for the 
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FR Notice – 2015 Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures

SUMMARY: NMFS proposes annual catch limits (ACLs) for Pacific Island bottomfish, crustacean, precious coral, and coral reef ecosystem fisheries, and accountability measures (AMs) to correct or mitigate any overages of catch limits. The proposed ACLs and AMs would be effective in fishing year 2015. The fishing year for each fishery begins on January 1 and ends on December 31, except for precious coral fisheries, which begins July 1 and ends on June 30 the following year. The proposed catch limits and accountability measures support the long-term sustainability of fishery resources of the U.S. Pacific Islands.

To view the complete FR Notice, click here.

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1st Meeting of the Electronic Reporting and Electronic Monitoring Intersessional Working Group

Date: 8 Jul 2015 to 10 Jul 2015

Location: Novotel Hotel, Nadi, Fiji
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Territorial Bottomfish Tier 3 Stock Assessment Panel Review

Dates: August 11 & 12, 2015    9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Council office, Honolulu
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4th Meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on the Regional Observer Programme

Date: 6 Jul 2015 to 8 Jul 2015

Location: Novotel Hotel, Nadi, Fiji