Archives for October 2015

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U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting

Date: October 27 – 31, 2015     Location: Puerto Rico

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Press Release – Fishery Managers Agree on Catch Limits for US Pacific Territories Bottomfish, Bigeye Tuna

Certificates and plaques of recognition were awarded to 40 seafood vendors who are helping local and federal fishery managers better understand American Samoa's commercial fishery. Pictured (from left) are Council Chair Ed Ebisui Jr., American Samoa DMWR Director Ruth Matagi-Tofiga, Aukuso Gabriel of Josie's Restaurant, Charles Nelson of Equator Restaurant, Hana of P n F Mart, Council Executive Director Kitty Simonds, Tom Drabble of Sadie's Hotels, and Michelle Shaosxia Ma and Tua Agalelei of Sunny's Restaurant.

Certificates and plaques of recognition were awarded to 40 seafood vendors who are helping local and federal fishery managers better understand American Samoa’s commercial fishery. Pictured (from left) are Council Chair Ed Ebisui Jr., American Samoa DMWR Director Ruth Matagi-Tofiga, Aukuso Gabriel of Josie’s Restaurant, Charles Nelson of Equator Restaurant, Hana of P n F Mart, Council Executive Director Kitty Simonds, Tom Drabble of Sadie’s Hotels, and Michelle Shaosxia Ma and Tua Agalelei of Sunny’s Restaurant.

UTULEI, AMERICAN SAMOA (23 October 2015) The bottomfish annual catch limits (ACLs) in American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) should be equal to their acceptable biological catch (ABC), the Council deemed yesterday as it concluded its two-day meeting in Utulei, American Samoa. The ABCs are set by the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee and refer to the amount of fish that can be harvested without causing overfishing. The amounts are 106,000 pounds for American Samoa; 66,000 pounds for Guam; and 228,000 pounds for CNMI. In making its decision, the Council determined that the difference between recent harvest levels and ACLs in all three island areas were sufficient to ensure the ACLs will not be exceeded.
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Press Release – Frustrations Voiced Over Impacts of US Fishing Quotas in the Western and Central Pacific

UTULEI, AMERICAN SAMOA (22 October 2015) Members of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, meeting yesterday in Utulei, American Samoa, questioned the high road the United States has taken in international Pacific tuna management and the unfair consequences to fisheries in Hawaii and American Samoa.

“When international regulations cause a fishery to close, I don’t see how we can convince other nations to abide by our standards,” Council Member Michael Goto said. “Fishermen are talking about quitting.”
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Press Release – Fishery Advisors Focus on Mounting Tuna Management Concerns

UTULEI, AMERICAN SAMOA (21 October 2015)

American Samoa longline vessels docked at Pago Pago harbor.

American Samoa longline vessels docked at Pago Pago harbor.

Meetings leading up to the convening of the 164th Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council continued yesterday in Utulei, American Samoa. The Pelagic and International Standing Committee began the day supporting recommendations of the Council’s advisory bodies that met in Utulei on Monday as well as those of the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and the US Permanent Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), which met earlier in the month in Honolulu. Also meeting yesterday were the Program Planning Standing Committee and Executive and Budget Standing Committee. The Council will consider the recommendations of these advisory groups when it meets today and tomorrow at the Lee Auditorium in Utulei.
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164th Council Meeting

Dates: Oct. 21 to 22, 2015
Location: Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium (Fale Laumei), Utulei, American Samoa

164th Council Meeting Agenda
164th Council Meeting Action Item Summary
FR Notice
Report of the 121st SSC Meeting
164th Council Meeting Action Memorandum
163rd Council Meeting Minutes
Council Comments on Draft NMFS EBFM Policy

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Radio Interviews from the Oct. 17, 2015, Fishers Forum on A.S. Fisheries now available

Come and listen to interviewed persons aIMG_8263t the October 17, 2015, Fishers Forum on
American Samoa Fisheries, at the Port Administration main dock, Fagatogo, American Samoa, hosted by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources. Interviewers are Joey Cummings and Sa Viena of South Seas Broadcasting. Interviews played on 93KHJ. Interviewees are:

  1. Peter Crispin, recreational fisherment, owner of Pago Pago Marine Charter
  2. Joe Hamby, COO of Tri Marine Group
  3. Lafoga Alovao, Owner of Figota O Le Sami Fish Market
  4. Christinna Lutu-Sanchez, longline owner, president of Tautai O Samoa Longline Association and chair of the Council’s American Samoa Advisory Panel
  5. Claire Poumele, director of A.S. Port Administration and council member of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council
  6. Kitty Simonds, executive director of Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

 

Click on this link to be moved to the educational audio page.  The interviews are under the 93KHJ radio segments.

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FR Notice – Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Treatment of U.S. Purse Seine Fishing with Respect to U.S. Territories

SUMMARY: This document includes two distinct but related NMFS actions. First,
NMFS announces that it has denied a petition for rulemaking from Tri Marine
Management Company, LLC, related to purse seine fishing effort limits in the area of
competence of the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly
Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Commission). Second,
NMFS issues an advance notice of proposed rulemaking related to the treatment of
U.S.-flagged purse seine vessels and their fishing activities in regulations implementing
decisions of the Commission.

DATES: Comments on this advance notice of proposed rulemaking must be submitted in
writing by November 18, 2015.

For the complete FR Notice, click here.

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Council Standing Committee Meetings

Pelagic and International Standing Committee Meeting – Agenda
Date: October 20, 2015     9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location:  Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium (Fale Laumei), Utulei, American Samoa

Program Planning and Research Standing Committee Meeting – Agenda
Date: October 20, 2015     1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Sadies by the Sea Conference Room, Fagatogo, American Samoa

Executive and Budget Standing Committee Meeting – Agenda
Date: October 20, 2015     3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Sadies by the Sea Conference Room, Fagatogo, American Samoa

FR Notice

 

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Press Release – NMFS to Deny Tri Marine Petition, Fishery Council Asked to Expedite Analysis of the Cost to American Samoa

UTULEI, AMERICAN SAMOA (20 October 2015) The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will not undertake an emergency rulemaking to exempt U.S. purse seine vessels that deliver at least half of their catch to tuna processing facilities in American Samoa from the closure of the area known as the Effort Limit Area for Purse Seine (ELAPS). Michael Tosatto, Regional Administrator of the NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, made the announcement to the Fishing Industry Advisory Committee (FIAC), during its meeting yesterday at the Rex Lee Auditorium in Utulei, American Samoa. The FIAC advises the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, which will convene at the Lee Auditorium on Wednesday and Thursday.
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American Samoa Regional Ecosystem Advisory Committee Meeting

Date: October 19, 2015    8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium (Fale Laumei), Utulei, American Samoa

Agenda
FR Notice