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Hawaii Longline Electronic Monitoring Video Review

June 16, 2017

Background Information

The Hawaii longline fishery, which is comprised of deep-set and shallow-set components, is managed under the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council’s Pacific Pelagic Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP). Through regulations promulgated under the FEP, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) monitors the Hawaii longline fishery through logbook and observer data. There are around 140 vessels operating in the fleet. The use of the video monitoring was first tested in the fleet in 2009/2010. In early 2017, NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) has installed 6 Hawaii longline vessels with video monitoring equipment as part of a larger initiative to phase-in more video monitoring systems within the fleet.

In coordination with NMFS PIFSC, the Council is seeking proposals from vendors to review approximately 35 longline trips with each trip comprising 15 sets with each set having ~12 hours of video collected from deployed EM systems.

Scope of Work

The selected contractor will provide the following services:

  1. Receive HDDs containing data collected by EM systems installed on-board fishing vessels in the shallow and deep-set longline fisheries. Use established tracking protocols to track chain of custody.
  2. Copy and archive all data on local NAS (Network Attached Server). Verify complete data transfer. Scrub data from HDDs, reformat and return HDDs to NOAA in HI.
  3. De-encrypt and process data into readable data files.
  4. Review system performance logs to check for any problems that might affect data collection. If problems are noted, communicate immediately with NOAA’s EM team for tech support.
  5. Review trip sensor data using open source review software to verify trip data completeness. If problems are noted, communicate immediately with NOAA’s EM team for tech support.
  6. Review trip video data using open source review software to verify correct camera placement for required image capture. If adjustments are required, communicate immediately with NOAA’s EM team for tech support.
  7. Review trip video data using open source review software to validate review protocols and data collection template. Record all required data in the data collection template. If problems with fish handling or system care (e.g. keeping the cameras clean), document this in a vessel feedback form.
  8. For observed trips where data is available, compare EM reviewer summary reports to observer summary reports. Prepare a summary report noting any variations between observer data and EM data. Recommend any changes to the data collection or review process.
  9. Adjust review protocol and data collection template as needed to capture required data.
  10. Provide a summary data report for each trip for NOAA.
  11. Create a feedback report for each trip and provide to the appropriate vessel and NOAA.

 

Deadline for Proposals

All proposals shall be submitted by June 30, 2017. Proposals should be sent by email to Eric Kingma (eric.kingma@wpcouncil.org) or by fax (808 522-8226) or by mail: Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, 1164 Bishop St., Ste. 1400, Honolulu, HI 96818. Proposals must contain the following three items: 1) project narrative, 2) budget, and 3) project timeline. Total pages for proposal shall not exceed 10 pages.

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PR – Scientists to Advise on Marine Monument Fishing Regulations, American Samoa Large Vessel Prohibited Area, Kona Crabs, Annual Catch Limits (8 June 2017)

HONOLULU (8 June 2017) Renowned scientists from throughout the Pacific will convene in Honolulu June 13 to 15 to provide recommendations on managing fisheries in Hawai‘i, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and the US Pacific Remote Islands Areas.  The meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) is open to the public and runs 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400. Major agenda items include the following:
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Spring 2017 Pacific Island Fishery News

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Advisory Panel Solicitation now closed

The Council’s Advisory Panel solicitation is now closed.  If you have any questions, please call (808) 522-8220.

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Executive Order – Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy (Apr. 28, 2017)

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq., and in order to maintain global leadership in energy innovation, exploration, and production, it is hereby ordered as follows:
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FR Notice – Fishing Restrictions for Tropical Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (Apr. 11, 2017)

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

SUMMARY: NMFS is issuing regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to implement Resolution C–17–01  (Conservation of Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean During 2017), which was adopted by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC or Commission) in February 2017. Applicable to 2017 only, most provisions of Resolution C–17–01 are identical in content to the previous resolution on tropical tuna management that expired at the end of 2016. The provisions that are maintained in Resolution C–17–01 from the previous resolution include a 500 metric ton (mt) bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus) calendar year catch limit applicable to longline vessels greater than 24 meters (m) in overall length and a 62-day closure period applicable each year to purse seine vessels of class size 4 to 6 (greater than 182 mt carrying capacity). In addition, the resolution includes a new requirement for total allowable catch limits (TACs) for yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) and bigeye tuna harvested in purse seine sets on floating objects (97,711 mt) and in sets involving chase and encirclement of dolphins (162,182 mt). This rule implements all of those requirements and revises related regulations for clarification purposes. This rule is necessary for the conservation of tropical tuna stocks in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) and for the United States to satisfy its obligations as a member of the IATTC.

DATES: This final rule is effective May 11, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Copies of supporting documents that were prepared for this final rule, including the regulatory impact review (RIR) are available via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov, docket NOAA– NMFS–2017–0024 or contact with the Regional Administrator, Barry A. Thom, NMFS West Coast Region, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232–1274, or RegionalAdministrator.WCRHMS@ noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Rachael Wadsworth, NMFS at 562–980–4036.

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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

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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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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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Winter 2017 Pacific Islands Fishery Newsletter

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