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Press Release – Turtles, Whales, Birds among Fishery Science Discussions This Week in Honolulu (12 March 2019)

HONOLULU (12 March 2019) Renowned scientists from throughout the Pacific began a three-day meeting today in Honolulu to consider a range of issues facing the offshore fisheries of Hawai‘i and the US Territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Recommendations from this group known as the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will be forwarded to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, which meets in Honolulu on March 18-21. The Council develops fishery management measures for the fisheries, which are transmitted to the US Secretary of Commerce for approval and implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

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2019 Hawaii Lunar calendar

2019 Kaulana Mahina (Hawaiian Lunar) Calendar (printable PDF version)

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Mei (May 2019) Iune (June 2019) Iulai (July 2019)
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2019-2022 Advisory Panel Membership Applications-DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 15

Looking for a Few Good Advisors!!!

Do you fish?   Do you want to get involved in managing our marine resources?  Then we want you!  The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (Council) invites fishermen, members of fishery related industries, and other individuals from fishery or marine related organizations to apply for membership to the Advisory Panel (AP) for the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.   Advisors provide advice to the Council on all aspects of the region’s fisheries and suggest management strategies.

The AP includes three sub-panels that focus on the American Samoa Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP), Hawaii Archipelago and PRIA FEP, and Marianas Archipelago FEP.  Each of these panels will also deal with the Pelagics FEP as well.

Applicants will be considered based on the following selection criteria:

  • Present or recent activity in recreational, commercial or subsistence fishing;
  • Present or recent involvement in the buying, processing or marketing sectors of the fishing industry and/or involvement in conservation or management organizations, fishing clubs or other organized groups concerned with marine or fisheries issues;
  • Willingness to play an active role in fisheries management; and
  • Ability to dedicate time for fishery document review and participate in meetings.

The AP terms are for four years and will commence Jan. 1, 2019.  Positions are voluntary (not paid).  However, members are reimbursed for expenses related to their participation in meetings.  Advisory Panel member selections will be made at the Council’s meeting in October.  Applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.

Applications are being accepted electronically and can be found at 

For those who may need other arrangements, please call the Council Office at (808) 522-8220 for assistance.  Completed applications must be received by the Council before September 15, 2018 (DEADLINE EXTENDED).


Mariana Archipelago FEP Advisory Panel

Date: October 20, 2018          Time: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Tumon, Guam


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

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



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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Press Release – Fishery Council Asks for Transparent Analysis of Proposed Marine Monument Expansion

HONOLULU (5 Aug. 2016) The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council on Wednesday agreed to a resolution that asks the U.S. government to address a suite of concerns before acting on the proposed expansion on the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (MNM) in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Council members Suzanne Case, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources chair, and Julie Leialoha, Conservation Council for Hawaii president, voted against the proposal. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Pacific Islands Regional Administrator Michael Tosatto abstained.
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Letters against the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) expansion

Letters against the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) expansion


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