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Fall 2018 Pacific Islands Fishery Newsletter

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False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team Meeting

Date: November 29, 2018          Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Teleconference

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be conducted via conference call. For details on how to call in to the conference line, please contact Kevin Brindock, Comments may be submitted to the address provided in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Brindock, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; 1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; telephone: 808–725–5146; facsimile: 808–725–5146; email: kevin.brindock@noaa.gov.

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FR Notice – False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team; Meeting Announcement (Nov. 27, 2018)

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

SUMMARY: NMFS announces a public meeting of the False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team (FKWTRT) on November 29, 2018 in order to provide recommendations on amendments to the False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan (FKWTRP). The meeting will be held via conference call. Members of the public may submit written comments; the comments must be received within 14 days of the completion of the meeting.

DATES: The meeting of the FKWTRT will be held via conference call on November 29, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (or until business is concluded).

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be conducted via conference call. For details on how to call in to the conference line, please contact Kevin Brindock, Comments may be submitted to the address provided in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Brindock, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; 1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; telephone: 808–725–5146; facsimile: 808–725–5146; email: kevin.brindock@noaa.gov.

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FR Notice – Nominations to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (Nov. 23, 2018)

ACTION: Notice; request for nominations.

SUMMARY: Nominations are being sought for appointment by the Secretary of Commerce to fill vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC or Committee). MAFAC is the only  Federal advisory committee with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the  responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary to assist in the development and implementation of Departmental regulations, policies, and programs critical to the mission and goals of NMFS. Nominations are encouraged from all interested parties involved with or representing interests affected by NMFS actions in managing living marine resources. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in a field related to the management of living marine resources and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings and year round subcommittee work. Individuals serve for a term of three years for no more than two consecutive terms if re- appointed. NMFS is seeking qualified nominees to fill current vacancies.

DATES: Nominations must be postmarked or have an email date stamp on or before December 24, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Heidi Lovett, MAFAC Assistant Director, NMFS Office of Policy, 14th Floor, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or email: heidi.lovett@noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi Lovett, MAFAC Assistant Director; (301) 427–8034; email: heidi.lovett@noaa.gov.

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FR Notice – Regional Fishery Management Council Membership; Financial Disclosure and Recusal (Nov. 16, 2018)

ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.

SUMMARY: NMFS proposes changes to the regulations that address disclosure of financial interests by, and voting recusal of, council members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) to the regional fishery management councils established under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The regulatory changes are needed to provide guidance to ensure consistency and transparency in the calculation of a Council member’s financial interests; determine whether a close causal link exists between a Council decision and a benefit to a Council member’s financial interest; and establish regional procedures for preparing and issuing recusal determinations. This proposed rule is intended to improve regulations implementing the statutory requirements governing disclosure of financial interests and voting recusal at section 302(j) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).
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Protected Species Advisory Committee

Date: December 17, 2018          Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Council Office via teleconference

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175th Council Meeting

By Teleconference
Date: December 17, 2018          Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (HST)
Primary Host Location: Council Office

Agenda
FR Notice
175th CM Summary of Action Item Memo

Additional host locations and local dates/times listed below.

American Samoa
Date: December 17, 2018          Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (AS ST)
Location: Native American Samoa Advisory Council Office Conference Room, Pava’ia’i Village, Pago Pago, American Samoa, 96799

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CNMI
Date: December 18, 2018          Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Guam and CNMI, Marianas ST)
Location: DLNR, Lower Base Drive, Saipan, MP 96950

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Guam
Date: December 18, 2018          Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Guam and CNMI, Marianas ST)
Location: Guam Hilton Resort and Spa, 202 Hilton Road, Tumon Bay, Guam 96913

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NOAA Symposium on Science in Support of Archipelagic Management

Date: November 19-20, 2018
Location: Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu, HI

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Papua New Guinea 2018

Date: November 15-18, 2018
Location: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

  • CEO Summit, November 15-17
  • Ministers Meeting, November 15
  • ABAC Dialogue with Leaders, November 17
  • Economic Leaders Meeting, November 18
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FR Notice – 2018 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Nov. 7, 2018)

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Announcement of a valid specified fishing agreement.

SUMMARY: NMFS announces a valid specified fishing agreement that allocates up to 1,000 metric tons (t) of the 2018 bigeye tuna limit for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to identified U.S. longline fishing vessels. The agreement supports the long-term sustainability of fishery resources of the U.S. Pacific Islands, and fisheries development in the CNMI.
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