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Mar
3
Wed
Pelagics Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Plan Team Meeting (Virtual)
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm

Date: March 3-4, 2021          Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Web Conference via WebEx

Audio and visual portions of the web conference can be accessed at:
https://wprfmc.webex.com/​wprfmc/​onstage/​g.php?​MTID=​e53c7bdfe796d5380156b9f81841ef272.
Event number (if prompted): 177 544 7443.
Event password (if prompted): PePT2021.

Instructions for audio connection: WebEx provides the option for connecting audio via your computer or a WebEx telephone number. Both options will work. If you are using the WebEx telephone number, please sign into WebEx via your computer first to obtain a participant number. If you do not have computer/internet access, contact 808-522-8220 for assistance.

Instructions for making public comment via WebEx: If you would like to make public comment, send a private chat message via WebEx to the “host” (Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council) to be added to the queue. All public comments will be taken up during the specified section of the agenda. Please keep your audio connection muted except when making public comment.

FR Notice
Agenda

Mar
10
Wed
Non-Commercial Fishery Advisory Committee (Virtual)
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Date: March 10, 2021           Time: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Location: Web Conference

Audio and visual portions of the web conference can be accessed at:
https://wprfmc.webex.com/wprfmc/onstage/g.php?MTID=eff800a82f4c4be2d99f3872ec70ec378.
Event number: 177 935 5686.
Event password: NCFACo0310.

Instructions for audio connection: WebEx provides the option for connecting audio via your computer or a WebEx telephone number. Both options will work. If you are using the WebEx telephone number, please sign into WebEx via your computer first to obtain a participant number. If you do not have computer/internet access, contact 808-522-8220 for assistance.

Instructions for making public comment via WebEx: If you would like to make public comment, send a private chat message via WebEx to the “host” (Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council) to be added to the queue. All public comments will be taken up during the specified section of the agenda. Please keep your audio connection muted except when making public comment.

NCFAC Mtg Agenda

American Samoa Advisory Panel
Mar 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Date: Mar. 10, 2021          Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm AST
Location: American Samoa

Audio and visual portions of the web conference can be accessed at:
https://wprfmc.webex.com/wprfmc/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5c2a2a6b92afa959898a3934fb1e2ee1.
Event number: 177 817 7802.
Event password: ASap0310.

Instructions for audio connection: WebEx provides the option for connecting audio via your computer or a WebEx telephone number. Both options will work. If you are using the WebEx telephone number, please sign into WebEx via your computer first to obtain a participant number. If you do not have computer/internet access, contact 808-522-8220 for assistance.

Instructions for making public comment via WebEx: If you would like to make public comment, send a private chat message via WebEx to the “host” (Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council) to be added to the queue. All public comments will be taken up during the specified section of the agenda. Please keep your audio connection muted except when making public comment.

AS AP Mtg Agenda

Guam Advisory Panel Meeting
Mar 10 @ 10:30 pm – 12:30 am

Date: March 11, 2021          Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Guam

Audio and visual portions of the web conference can be accessed at:
https://wprfmc.webex.com/wprfmc/onstage/g.php?MTID=e6c100b75b00bf1ac48a107ce35696905.
Event number: 177 656 5082.
Event password: GuamAP0310.

Instructions for audio connection: WebEx provides the option for connecting audio via your computer or a WebEx telephone number. Both options will work. If you are using the WebEx telephone number, please sign into WebEx via your computer first to obtain a participant number. If you do not have computer/internet access, contact 808-522-8220 for assistance.

Instructions for making public comment via WebEx: If you would like to make public comment, send a private chat message via WebEx to the “host” (Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council) to be added to the queue. All public comments will be taken up during the specified section of the agenda. Please keep your audio connection muted except when making public comment.

GU AP Mtg Agenda

Mar
11
Thu
Fishing Industry Advisory Committee (Virtual)
Mar 11 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Date: March 11, 2021          Time: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Web Conference via WebEx

Audio and visual portions of the web conference can be accessed at:
https://wprfmc.webex.com/wprfmc/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1a0edf2f20697dea3936fd50f3e02523
Event Number: 177 101 9139.
Event Password: FIACo0311.

Instructions for audio connection: WebEx provides the option for connecting audio via your computer or a WebEx telephone number. Both options will work. If you are using the WebEx telephone number, please sign into WebEx via your computer first to obtain a participant number. If you do not have computer/internet access, contact 808-522-8220 for assistance.

Instructions for making public comment via WebEx: If you would like to make public comment, send a private chat message via WebEx to the “host” (Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council) to be added to the queue. All public comments will be taken up during the specified section of the agenda. Please keep your audio connection muted except when making public comment.

FIAC Agenda

Public Scoping Meetings on the Saltonstall-Kennedy Research and Development Program*
Mar 11 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

*Not hosted by the Council

Date: March 11, 2021          Time: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Web Conference

Third Scoping Meeting

The third hearing is scheduled for the Western Pacific Region (includes Hawaii and Pacific Territories)

Scoping Meeting Link: https://kearnsandwest.webex.com/meet/webexalias3
If you do not have internet access, you may join by phone:
US Toll: (415) 655-0001 | US Toll Free: (844) 621-3956
Access code: 146 622 5582
For additional information on how to use Webex, please  visit the Webex Help Center.

About

NOAA Fisheries is preparing a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for funding actions conducted by the Saltonstall-Kennedy Program. The program funds projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable. NOAA invites interested parties to provide comments on the scope of the PEIS analysis for potentially funded projects, including:

  • Potential project effects to the human environment
  • Means for avoiding, minimizing, or mitigating those effects
  • Peliminary range of alternatives
  • Any additional reasonable alternatives that should be considered

For more information, read the Federal Register notice and supporting documents >

Scoping Meeting Information

NOAA will hold three virtual public scoping meetings focused regionally, as detailed below. Each meeting will begin with a brief overview presentation of the program and the initial scope of the PEIS analysis, followed by time for participants to provide oral comments, on the record, on the scope of the environmental analysis.

The scoping meetings will be hosted virtually via Webex. You may join the scoping meeting using a web browser, the Webex desktop app (app installation required), a mobile app (app installation required), or a phone call (audio only). To help NOAA plan for the scoping meetings, participants are encouraged to register here. Please note, registration is not required.

Written comments may also be submitted during the 30-day public comment period, from February 23 to March 25, 2021, using the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.

For more information, please contact Cliff Cosgrove, Saltonstall-Kennedy Program Manager; nmfs.sk.peis@noaa.gov or (301) 427-8736.

How to Comment on the Proposed Scope of the PEIS Analysis

Submit Comments by March 20, 2021

  • Submit your written comments on this scoping notice by Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2021-0012 Click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
  • Submit oral comments at the public scoping meetings. See meeting details below.
  • If you have questions, please contact Cliff Cosgrove at nmfs.sk.peis@noaa.gov or (301) 427-8736

More Information

Mar
12
Fri
Hawaii Advisory Panel Meeting (Virtual)
Mar 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Date: Mar. 12, 2021          Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Web Conference via WebEx

Audio and visual portions of the web conference can be accessed at:
https://wprfmc.webex.com/wprfmc/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed08cf6c9906f11efd58d64bd9a64bdfd.
Event number: 177 783 4387.
Password (if prompted): HiAP0312.

Instructions for audio connection: WebEx provides the option for connecting audio via your computer or a WebEx telephone number. Both options will work. If you are using the WebEx telephone number, please sign into WebEx via your computer first to obtain a participant number. If you do not have computer/internet access, contact 808-522-8220 for assistance.

Instructions for making public comment via WebEx: If you would like to make public comment, send a private chat message via WebEx to the “host” (Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council) to be added to the queue. All public comments will be taken up during the specified section of the agenda. Please keep your audio connection muted except when making public comment.

HI AP Mtg Agenda

CNMI Advisory Panel Meeting
Mar 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Date: March 13, 2021          Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am ChsT
Location: CNMI

Audio and visual portions of the web conference can be accessed at:
https://wprfmc.webex.com/wprfmc/onstage/g.php?MTID=e38d7ca30652a646ce8e7b11df34a339c.
Event number: 177 056 1676.
Event password: CNMIap0312.

Instructions for audio connection: WebEx provides the option for connecting audio via your computer or a WebEx telephone number. Both options will work. If you are using the WebEx telephone number, please sign into WebEx via your computer first to obtain a participant number. If you do not have computer/internet access, contact 808-522-8220 for assistance.

Instructions for making public comment via WebEx: If you would like to make public comment, send a private chat message via WebEx to the “host” (Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council) to be added to the queue. All public comments will be taken up during the specified section of the agenda. Please keep your audio connection muted except when making public comment.

NMI AP Mtg Agenda

Mar
16
Tue
139th Scientific and Statistical Committee Meeting (Virtual)
Mar 16 – Mar 18 all-day

Date: March 16-18, 2021               Time: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (Hawaii)
…………………………………… Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (American Samoa)
…………………………………… Time: 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Washington)
March 17-19, 2021         …………Time: 7:00 am to 1:00 pm (Marianas)
…………………………………… Time: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm (Noumea)
Location: Web Conference

Both audio and visual portions of the web conference can be accessed at:
https://wprfmc.webex.com/wprfmc/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed64fe5bdefebca5d54b230b36d8f70b2
Event number (if prompted): 177 792 8987
Event password (if prompted): SSC139mtg

Instructions for audio connection: WebEx provides the option for connecting audio via your computer or a WebEx telephone number. Both options will work. If you are using the WebEx telephone number, please sign into WebEx via your computer first to obtain a participant number. If you do not have computer/internet access, contact 808-522-8220 for assistance.

Instructions for making public comment via WebEx: If you would like to make public comment, send a private chat message via WebEx to the “host” (Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council) to be added to the queue. All public comments will be taken up during the specified section of the agenda. Please keep your audio connection muted except when making public comment.

139th SSC PUBLIC agenda
FR Notice

⇓⇓⇓⇓ Link to each day’s agenda ⇓⇓⇓⇓

Day 1……………Day 2……………Day 3

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Day 1 – SSC

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 11 a.m (Hawaii), 2 p.m. (Washington)
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 7 a.m (Marianas), 8 a.m. (Noumea).
1. Introductions
2. Approval of Draft Agenda and Assignment of Rapporteurs
2(1) – 139th SSC PUBLIC agenda
2(2) – SSC FR Notice
3. Status of the 138th SSC Meeting Recommendations
4. Report from Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Director
5. Program Planning and Research
…..A. NMFS Briefing on Executive Order 13990 on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad
…..B. SSC Three-Year Plan
…..C. Updates to the Pacific Island Stock Assessment Prioritization
…..D. Integration of the ‘Catch it Log it’ app information into fisheries assessments and monitoring
…..E. Socio-Economic Context for Fisher-Shark Interaction in the Marianas
…..F. Public Comment
…..G. SSC Discussion and Recommendations

6. Island Fisheries
…..A. Main Hawaiian Island (MHI) Deep 7 Bottomfish Fishery
……….1. Report on the MHI Deep 7 Bottomfish Western Pacific Stock Assessment Review
……….2. 2020 Deep 7 Bottomfish Stock Assessment Update
… .…..3. Updates to the Acceptable Biological Catch (Action Item)
…..B. Territorial Bottomfish Fisheries
…..…..1. Options for Managing the American Samoa Bottomfish Fishery
…..…..2. Impact Analyses of the Guam BMUS Rebuilding Plan (Action Items)
….C. .Public Comment
….D. .SSC Discussion and Recommendations

Day 2 – SSC

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 11 a.m (Hawaii), 2 p.m. (Washington)
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 7 a.m (Marianas), 8 a.m. (Noumea).

7. Protected Species
…..A. Seabird Mitigation Measures in the Hawaii Longline Fishery
……….1. Options for Modifying Shallow-set Longline Fishery Seabird Mitigation Measures
……….2. Draft Tori Line Specifications for Deep-set Longline Fishery
…..B. Shallow-set Longline Reasonable and Prudent Measures Working Group Update
…..C. SSC Working Group on False Killer Whale Take Reduction Measures
…..D. ESA Consultations for the Hawaii Deep-set Longline Fishery, American Samoa Longline Fishery, and Bottomfish Fisheries
…..E. Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act Updates
…..F. Public Comment
…..G. SSC Discussion and Recommendations

Pelagic Fisheries
…..A. American Samoa Longline Annual Fishery Report
…..B. Hawaii Longline Annual Fishery Report
…..C. Monte Carlo Analyses of Longline Mitigation Measures
…..D. Oceanic Whitetip Shark Working Group Report and Options Document to Address MSA 304(i) Obligations
…..E. Wire Leader Regulatory Amendment for the Hawaii Longline fishery (Action Item)
…..F. Review of Analyses of Longline Leader Material on North Pacific Striped Marlin Catch Rates
…..G. US Catch Limits for North Pacific Striped Marlin (Action Item)
…..H. International Fisheries
……….1. SPRFMO Science Committee
……….2. Report of Outcomes of the 17th Session of the WCPFC
……….3 Conceptual Frame for Workshop on Bigeye Tuna Management in WCPO Longline Fisheries
……….4. Outcomes of the 34th FAO Committee on Fisheries
… ..I. Public Comment
…..J. SSC Discussion and Recommendations

Day 3 – SSC

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 11 a.m (Hawaii), 2 p.m. (Washington)
Friday, March 19, 2021, 7 a.m (Marianas), 8 a.m. (Noumea).

9. Other Business
…..A. June 2021 SSC Meetings Dates

Summary of SSC Recommendations to the Council

Mar
18
Thu
Permanent Advisory Committee To Advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission
Mar 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

****Meeting is NOT hosted by WPRFMC****

Date: March 18, 2021          Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Web Conference

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 Permanent Advisory Committee (PAC) to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC) on March 18, 2021. Meeting topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

DATES: The meeting of the PAC will be held via web conference on March 18, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST) (or until business is concluded). Members of the public may submit written comments on meeting topics or materials; comments must be received by March 13, 2021.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be conducted via conference call. For details on how to call in to the conference line or to submit comments, please contact Emily Reynolds, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; telephone: 808–725–5039; email: emily.reynolds@noaa.gov. Documents to be considered by the PAC will be sent out via email in advance of the conference call. Please submit contact information to Emily Reynolds (telephone: 808–725–5039; email: emily.reynolds@noaa.gov) at least 3 days in advance of the call to receive documents via email. This meeting may be recorded for the purposes of generating notes of the meeting.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Reynolds, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; 1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; telephone: 808–725–5039; facsimile: 808–725–5215; email: emily.reynolds@noaa.gov.

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