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FR Notice – 2017 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Bigeye Tuna Fishery; Closure (Nov. 30, 2017)

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

SUMMARY: NMFS is closing the U.S. pelagic longline fishery for bigeye tuna in the western and central Pacific Ocean because the fishery will reach the 2017 allocation limit for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This action is necessary to comply with regulations managing this fish stock.

DATES: Effective 12:01 a.m. local time December 6, 2017, through December 31, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jarad Makaiau, NMFS PIRO Sustainable Fisheries, 808–725–5176.

Click here for complete FR Notice

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2018-2019 US Pacific Territories Fishery Capacity-Building Scholarship Announcement (Application due by Feb. 28, 2018)

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and its Education Committee members are pleased to announce the availability of up to three scholarships for academic year 2018-2019. These scholarships support the aspiration of American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to build their capacity to effectively manage their fisheries and related resources through employment of their own people.
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Contractor Solicitation: Protected Species Program Technical Assistant to Update the SAFE Report Protected Species Modules and Improve Protected Species Information Base for Fisheries Management

The Council is seeking a contractor to provide technical assistance to the Council’s Protected Species Program in updating the protected species module of the Fishery Ecosystem Plan Stock Assessment and Fisheries Evaluation (SAFE) Reports. The contractor may also assist with other projects to improve the protected species information base for fisheries management. The contract will run for a five-month period starting in January.

Applications should include 1) a cover letter; 2) resume or CV; and 3) at least one technical writing sample, submitted to the contact information below by 5pm (Hawaii) on Tuesday, December 12, 2017:

Asuka Ishizaki
Protected Species Coordinator
Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1400
Honolulu, HI 96813
Email: asuka.ishizaki@wpcouncil.org

For more information on the scope of work, please see the full solicitation.

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24 members of Congress send a letter to President Trump concerning E.O. 13792 (Nov. 9, 2017)

24 members of Congress send letter to President Trump about E.O. 13792 (Nov. 9, 2017)

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Hawaii REAC

Date: December 1, 2017          Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Council Office, Honolulu and by Teleconference (808) 482-3560, passcode: 5228220

Agenda

HI REAC FR Notice

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Archipelagic Plan Team Meeting

Date: January 26, 2018          Time: TBD
Location: Council Office, Honolulu and via teleconference

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Social Science Planning Committee

Date: March 5, 2018          Time: TBD
Location: Council Office, Honolulu

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128th SSC Meeting (Tentative)

Date: March 6 – 8, 2018
Location: TBD, Honolulu, HI

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173rd Council Meeting (Tentative)

Date: March 12-15, 2018
Location: TBD, Honolulu, HI

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Archipelagic Plan Team

Date: April 30 – May 2, 2018
Location: Council Office, Honolulu, HI