Archives for September 2016

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Press Release: Scientists to Advise on NWHI Monument Fisheries, Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits

HONOLULU (29 Sept. 2016) President Obama’s proclamation expanding the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) to include 532,578 square miles of ocean prohibits commercial fishing but allows non-commercial fishing including native Hawaiian subsistence fishing. In a letter dated Sept. 23, 2016, to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Pacific Islands Regional Administrator Michael Tosatto said that he looked “forward to the Council’s recommendations for amending the Hawai‘i and Pelagic fishery ecosystem plans to establish appropriate fishing requirements under the Magnuson-Stevens [Fishery Conservation and Management] Act, including the prohibition on commercial fishing and the regulation of non-commercial fishing.”
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Hawaii Archipelago FEP Advisory Panel Meeting

Date: Sept. 29, 2016     Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Council Office, Honolulu and by teleconference*

Agenda
FR Notice
Report of the Hawaii AP Meeting

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FAD Management Working Group, WCPFC

Date: Sept. 28, 2016
Location: Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

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Mariana Archipelago FEP Advisory Panel – Guam Meeting

Date: Sept. 24, 2016     Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Guam Hilton, Tumon, Guam

Agenda
FR Notice
Report of the Guam AP Meeting

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American Samoa Archipelago FEP Advisory Panel Meeting

Date: Sept. 23, 2016     Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Pacific Petroleum Conference Room, Utulei Village, Tutuila, American Samoa

Agenda
FR Notice
Report of the American Samoa AP Meeting

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Technical Committee, WCPFC

Date: Sept. 21-27, 2016
Location: Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

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Mariana Archipelago FEP Advisory Panel-CNMI Meeting

Date: Sept. 21, 2016     Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Saipan, Garapan, Saipan, CNMI

Agenda
FR Notice
Report of the CNMI AP Meeting

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US Coral Reef Task Force

Date: Sept. 19-23, 2016
Location: Saipan and Guam

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Social Science Planning Committee

Date: Sept. 15, 2016          1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Council Office, Honolulu, HI

*Available by teleconference line @ (888) 482-3560; Passcode: 5228220.

Agenda
FR Notice

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FR Notice – 2016 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits Final Rule

SUMMARY: In this final rule, NMFS specifies a 2016 limit of 2,000 mt of longline-caught bigeye tuna for each U.S. participating territory (American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands). NMFS will allow each territory to allocate up to 1,000 mt each year to U.S. longline fishing vessels in a valid specified fishing agreement. As an accountability measure, NMFS will monitor, attribute, and restrict (if necessary), catches of longline-caught bigeye tuna, including catches made under a specified fishing agreement. These catch limits and accountability measures support the long-term sustainability of fishery resources of the U.S. Pacific Islands and fisheries development in the U.S. territories.
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