Archives for July 2016


Press Release – No Response from POTUS, Senator Schatz on Monument Expansion Concerns

HONOLULU (20 July 2016) U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) has yet to respond to a June 20th request to meet with the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council on his proposal to expand the size of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) fourfold. Also unanswered are letters sent by the Council to President Obama on April 8 and July 14, 2016, with concerns about the impact to Hawaii’s fisheries of the proposals by Schatz and by seven Native Hawaiians in January 2016 that the President expand the monument using his authority under the Antiquities Act.
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Press Release – Rep. Takai: A Friend and Supporter of Hawaii’s Fishing Community

HONOLULU (20 July 2016) Today’s passing of U.S. Rep. Mark Takai (D-Hawaii) brings much sadness to Hawaii’s fishing community. A strong supporter of local fishermen, Takai recently appeared in a short video celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and Hawaii’s fishing industry.
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FR Notice – 2016 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Closure in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

SUMMARY: NMFS is temporarily closing the U.S. pelagic longline fishery for bigeye tuna for vessels over 24 meters in overall length in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) through December 31, 2016, because the 2016 catch limit of 500 metric tons is expected to be reached. This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding the applicable catch limit established by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in Resolution C– 13–01 (Multiannual Program for the Conservation of Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean During 2014–2016).

DATES: The rule is effective 12 a.m. local time July 25, 2016, through 11:59 p.m. local time December 31, 2016.

Taylor Debevec, NMFS West Coast Region, 562–980–4066.

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FR Notice – 2016 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits (Request for Comments)

SUMMARY: NMFS proposes a 2016 limit of 2,000 metric tons (mt) of longline- caught bigeye tuna for each U.S. Pacific territory  (American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands). NMFS would allow each territory to  allocate up to 1,000 mt each year to U.S. longline fishing vessels in a specified fishing agreement that meets established criteria. As an accountability measure, NMFS would monitor, attribute, and restrict (if necessary) catches of longline-caught bigeye tuna, including catches made under a specified fishing agreement. The proposed catch limits and accountability measures would support the long-term sustainability of fishery resources of the U.S. Pacific Islands.
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167th Council Meeting (Teleconference)

Date: August 3, 2016     Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm HST

The meeting will be held by teleconference and webinar. The following venues will also be host sites for the teleconference:

  • Council Conference Room, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI;
  • Land Grant Conference Room, American Samoa Community College, Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources Mapusaga Road, Malaeimi Village, American Samoa
  • Guam Hilton Resort and SPA, 202 Hilton Road, Tumon Bay, Guam
  • Department of Land and Natural Resources Conference Room, Santa Remedio Drive, Lower Base, Saipan, MP

167th CM FR Notice
167th Council Meeting Minutes
167th CM Action Memo


Letters against the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) expansion

Letters against the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) expansion


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