Archives for June 2016

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90th Meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission

Date: June 27 – July 1, 2016
Location: La Jolla, California

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National Marine Educators Association

Date: June 25 – July 1, 2016
Location: Orlando, FL

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13th International Coral Reef Symposium

Date: June 19-24, 2016
Location: Honolulu, HI

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FR Notice – Mariana Archipelago Fisheries: Remove the CNMI Medium and Large Vessel Bottomfish Prohibited Areas

SUMMARY: This proposed rule would remove the medium and large vessel bottomfish prohibited fishing areas in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Conditions in the fishery that led to establishing the prohibited areas are no longer present, and the restriction is no longer necessary. The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council recommended Amendment 4 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the Mariana Archipelago (FEP) to remove these prohibited areas, and this proposed rule would implement the recommended change. The intent of the proposed rule is to improve the viability of the CNMI bottomfish fishery and promote optimum yield while preventing overfishing. This proposed rule would also make an administrative housekeeping change to the regulations for the CNMI management subarea crustacean fishing.
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Press Release – Regional Management Council Voices Concerns about Sustaining Island Fishing Traditions

HONOLULU (13 June 2016) The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council concluded its 166th meeting Friday at Tumon Bay, US Territory of Guam, with discussions focused on the challenges of keeping the tradition of fishing alive in the US Pacific Islands.

Manny Duenas

Manny Duenas

During public testimony, Manny Duenas, a former Council chair and long-time president of the Guam Fishermen’s Cooperative Association, covered a gamut of issues facing Guam’s fishermen, including competition with purse-seiners for tuna; tiger shark attacks on net fishermen; competition with Micronesian fishermen from the US Freely Associated States who reside on Guam; the inability to continue sociocultural traditions related to sharing of green sea turtle; and the threat of losing prime fishing grounds due to military buildup, among others.

Duenas recited arguments by the US Congress during the ratification of the Treaty of Paris of 1898, which ceded Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines to the United States, implying the statements are still applicable today.
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Mapping Reef Fisheries in the Marianas Workshop

Date: June 11, 2016    9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Micronesian Ballroom, Hilton Guam, Tumon Bay, Guam

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166th Council Meeting – Guam

Date: June 9 – 10, 2016
Location: Guam Hilton Hotel, Tumon, Guam
Agenda
Action Item Summary
FR Notice
166th Council Meeting Minutes
165th Council Meeting Minutes

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Press Release – From FestPac to West Pac, Guam Governor Remains Focused on Ocean Resources, Island Ancestors

TUMON BAY, GUAM (9 June 2016) The Honorable Eddie Calvo, Governor of Guam, opened the 166th meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council today in Tumon Bay, Guam, with words of respect and love for the ocean. “We have limited land spaces and a sacred view of the ocean,” Calvo said. “The Council discussion is extremely important.”
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Fishers Forum – Mapping Fishery Resources (Guam)

Date: June 9, 2016
Location: Guam Hilton Hotel, Tumon, Guam

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Press Release – Fishery Management Council Acts on CNMI Request to Help with Sea Turtle, Shark Issues

COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLAND (7 March 2016) The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council today in Saipan responded to the request by  Victor Hocog, Acting Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), for  assistance to address sea turtle regulations impacting the people of the commonwealth. The National  Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently divided the world’s green sea turtles into distinct population segments (DPSs) and moved the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing of green sea turtles  found in the CNMI and Guam from a threatened to an endangered status. Green sea turtles are  traditional food for indigenous communities throughout the Pacific. The new listing impedes aspirations for a cultural take.
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