Archives for September 2015

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Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Meeting

Date: October 13-15, 2015     8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Silver Spring, MD

FR notice

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FR Notice – List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2016 Proposed Rule

SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2016, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2016 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan (TRP) requirements. In addition, NMFS begins publishing online fact sheets for Category III fisheries.

DATES: Comments must be received by October 29, 2015.

To view complete FR Notice, click here

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Social, Economic, Ecological and Management Uncertainty Working Group

Date: Sept. 25, 2015  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Council office, Honolulu, and by teleconference

Agenda
FR Notice

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11th Regular Session of the Technical and Compliance Committee (WCPFC)

Date: September 23 – 29, 2015

Location: Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

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P* (Risk of Overfishing Limit) Working Group meeting

Date: Sept. 23 to 24, 2015    1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Council office, Honolulu (also available via webex and teleconference)
Agenda
FR Notice

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2015 Catch Documentation Scheme Intersessional Working Group Meeting (WCPFC)

Date: 21 Sep 2015 to 22 Sep 2015

Location: Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
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Press Release – Milestone Reached in Setting of New Bottomfish Catch Limits for US Pacific Island Territories

HONOLULU (18 Sept. 2015) A milestone was reached this week in the setting of the 2016 and 2017 annual catch limits (ACLs) for federally managed bottomfish fisheries in the US Territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).  The current ACLs of 101,000 pounds; 66,800 pounds; and 228,000 pounds, respectively, for the territories were initially set for fishing year 2013 based on a 2012 stock assessment and then rolled over for fishing years 2014 and 2015. The ACLs are specified by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and transmitted to the Secretary of Commerce for final approval.
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120th Scientific and Statistical Committee meeting

Dates: Sept. 16, 2015  1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Council office, Honolulu (also available via webex and teleconference)
Agenda
FR Notice
120th SSC Report

 

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Summer 2015 Pacific Islands Fishery News

Would you like to print this edition of Pacific Islands Fishery News?  Click here for a printable PDF version of the newsletter.

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Habitat Areas of Particular Concern Process Plan Team Working Group

Date: Sept. 2, 2015   1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Via webex and teleconference
FR Notice