Archives for March 2017

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Protected Species Advisory Committee

Date: March 30-31, 2017
Location: Honolulu, HI

Agenda
FR Notice
Meeting Report

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Deep-set Tuna Longline Programmatic EIS Scoping Meetings (American Samoa – 3 Different dates and locations)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Fale Tele of the American Samoa Senate (Fono), Senate building, Fagatogo, Pago Pago, AS 96799.
Time: 6 – 9 PM

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Fale Tele of HTC Vaimaona, Laulii, Pago Pago, AS 96799.
Time: 6 – 9 PM

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Thursday, March 30, 2017
NOAA GMD/PIFSC Compound Tafuna, 8043 Tasi St., Tafuna, AS 96799.
Time: 6 – 9 PM

FR Notice

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Federal Management Efforts Support Commercial, Subsistence and Cultural Fisheries
 in the US Pacific Island (3/24/2017)

HONOLULU (24 March 2017) A bill introduced in the US Senate in mid-February to amend the

Hawaii average annual revenue from commercial billfish landings (not including swordfish), 2011-2015. Source: 2015 Pacific Island Pelagic Fisheries Stock Assessment and Evaluation Report. www.wpcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2017-01-31_Final-2015-SAFE-Report.pdf

Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 would negatively impact Hawaii’s commercial fisheries. It is generally estimated that 20 percent of Hawaii billfish catch (about 550,000 pounds) is sold to US mainland seafood markets annually at a worth of approximately $600,000 in landed, wholesale revenue. The existing law allows billfish landed by US fishing vessels in Hawaii and the US Pacific territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands to be sold in markets on the US mainland. The proposed amendment would prohibit it. The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, during its 169th meeting this week in Honolulu, voiced concerns about the proposed legislation and will provide information to the Secretary of Commerce on the stock status of Pacific billfish and the economic impact of the introduced amendment. The Council noted that US mainland sport fishing tournaments target billfish and requested information from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on the estimated number of billfish killed in these US mainland tournaments and whether or not the billfish retained goes to local consumption.
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Federal Managers Seek to Retain US Fishery Access to US Waters (3/23/2017)

HONOLULU (23 March 2017) The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council concluded its three- day meeting in Honolulu today with a suite of recommendations, many of which are focused on keeping US fishing grounds open to sustainably managed US fisheries. The Council includes the local fishery department directors from Hawai‘i, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), fishing experts appointed by the Governors and federal agencies involved in fishing-related activities.
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Fishers Forum on Using Fisher Knowledge to Inform Fisheries Management

Date: March 22, 2017          Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Ala Moana Hotel, Hibiscus Ballroom, 410 Atkinson Dr., Honolulu, HI 96814

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Federal Managers to Consider Regulating Fisheries in the Expanded NWHI Marine Monument, Designating Thousands of Species as Ecosystem Components (3/20/2017)

HONOLULU (20 March 2017) Developing new fishing regulations for the expanded marine national monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) and identifying marine species to be federally managed as components of the ecosystem are two key issues to be addressed at the 169th meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. The meeting runs tomorrow through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Honolulu and is open to the public. The Council includes the local fishery department directors from Hawai’i, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), fishing experts appointed by the Governors and federal agencies involved in fishing-related activities.

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169th Council Meeting

Date: March 21-23, 2017
Location: Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu, HI

FR Notice
169th Council Meeting Agenda
169th CM Action Item summary
Final 168th Council Meeting Minutes
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Final 169th Council Meeting Action Memorandum

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Council Standing Committee Meetings

Program Planning Standing Committee
Date: March 20, 2017          Time:8:30 am -10:00 am
Location: Council Office, Honolulu, HI

Hawaii Archipelago Standing Committee
Date: March 20, 2017          Time:10:30 am -12:30 pm
Location: Council Office, Honolulu, HI

Pelagic and International Standing Committee
Date: March 20, 2017          Time:1:30 pm -3:00 pm
Location: Council Office, Honolulu, HI
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Executive and Budget Standing Committee
Date: March 20, 2017          Time:3:30 pm -5:00 pm
Location: Council Office, Honolulu, HI

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Winter 2017 Pacific Islands Fishery Newsletter

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Joint Advisory Group Meeting

Joint Meeting of the Council’s Advisory Panel, Non-Commercial Fishery Advisory Committee, Fishing Industry Advisory Committee, and Community Demonstration Project Program Advisory Panel.  Public comment period will be provided.

Date: March 15-17, 2017
Location: Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii

FR Notice
Agenda
Report of the Joint Advisory Group Meeting