June 9, 2020 @ 11:00 am – June 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm Pacific/Honolulu Timezone

Date: June 9 – 11, 2020          Time: 11:00 am –  5:00 pm    HST
136th SSC public agenda
136th SSC Federal Register Notice
136th SSC FINAL report with appendix
Press Release – Scientists to Consider Rebuilding Plan for American Samoa Bottomfish and Other US Pacific Islands Fishery Management Issues (4 June 2020)
Press Release – Scientists Recommend Setting Annual Catch Limits for Uku in Main Hawaiian Islands, Options for American Samoa Bottomfish Management and Protected Species Mitigation Measures (12 June 2020)

The meeting will be held by web conference via WebEx. Both audio and visual portions of the web conference can be accessed at:
Event number: 133 811 2129
Event password: SSC136mtg

If you do not have computer/internet access, contact 808-522-8220 for assistance.

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 cue. 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

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 11 a.m (Hawaii), 2 p.m. (Washington); Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 7 a.m (Marianas), 8 a.m. (Noumea)

1. Introduction
▫ 01(1) Council Family List – Part 1 Public

2. Approval of Draft Agenda and Assignment of Rapporteurs
02(1) 136th SSC public agenda

3. Status of the 135th SSC Meeting Recommendations

4. Report from Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Director
04(1) 136th SSC and 182nd CM Final – PIFSC Report

5. Program Planning and Research
A. Review of the Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology

B. Implementation of the Small-Boat Electronic Reporting App
05.B(1) CatchIt LogIt_Fisher User Guide
05.B(2) CatchIt LogIt_Vendor User Guide

C. 2019 Annual SAFE Report and Recommendations
1. Archipelagic Report Overview and Highlights
05.C.1(1) Hawaii FEP SAFE Report 2019 Final
05.C.1(2) Marianas FEP SAFE Report 2019 Final
05.C.1(3) American Samoa FEP SAFE Report 2019 Final
05.C.1(4) PRIA FEP SAFE Report 2019 Final
▫ 05.C.2(1) Pelagic FEP SAFE Report 2019 Final v1(1)

2. Pelagic Report Overview and Highlights

D. President Executive Order to Increase America’s Competitiveness in the Seafood Industry and Protect our Supply Chain
▫ 5.D(1) Executive Order on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth _ The White House
▫ 5.D(2) 2020.05.08-WPRFMC-to-Trump_barriers-to-US-fisheries
▫ 5.D(4) EO 13921_Letter to Councils from Chris Oliver

E. Stock Definitions in the Bottomfish & Pelagic Fisheries
▫ 05.E(2) Stock Definitions for WPR MUS

F. Public Comment

G. SSC Discussion and Recommendations

6. Island Fisheries
A. Main Hawaiian Island (MHI) Aprion virescens (uku) Fishery
1. Report on the Western Pacific Stock Assessment Review of the MHI Uku Fishery
06.A.1(1) Summary_Report_WPSAR_Uku_2020
06.A.1(2) Franklin_Report_WPSAR_Uku_2020
▫ 06.A.1(3) 2020_04 Chen uku assessment review report
▫ 06.A.1(4) 2020_04 Jiao uku assessment review report

2. Peer-Reviewed Benchmark Assessment of Uku Fishery in the MHI
06.A.2(1)rev1 Nadon et al. 2020 MHI A. virescens benchmark assessment_TM-PIFSC-100

B. American Samoa Bottomfish Fishery
1. Status of the Interim Measure

2. Status of the ACL Specification
06.B.2(1) AmSamoa P star WG Meeting_draft report
▫ 06.B.2(2)rev1 WP BMUS ACL Specs_182nd CM Briefing – DRAFT

3. Development of the American Samoa Rebuilding Plan
▫ 06.B.3(1)rev1 2020-06-03 Discussion paper on available information for the rebuilding plan
C. Public Comment
D. SSC Discussion and Recommendations

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 11 a.m (Hawaii), 2 p.m. (Washington); Thursday, June 11, 2020, 7 a.m (Marianas), 8 a.m. (Noumea)

7. Protected Species
A. Assessing Population Level Impacts of Marine Turtle Interactions in the American Samoa Longline Fishery
▫ 07.A(1) DSLL&ASLL Turtle Take Model Tech Memo
B. Summary of Available Information on Sea Turtle Interactions in Foreign Pelagic Fisheries
▫ 07.B(1) Foreign fisheries turtle bycatch info_136SSC
C. ESA Consultations
1. Status of Ongoing Consultations
2. Considerations for Developing Reasonable and Prudent Measures and/or Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives
a. Overview
▫ 07.C.2.a(1) June 2020 RPM Discussion Document
b. Report of the SSC Working Group
D. ESA and MMPA Updates
▫ 07.D(1) NPLoggerhead_5Year Review_2020
E. Public Comment
F. SSC Discussion and Recommendations

8. Pelagic Fisheries
A. Report on Impacts to Pelagic Fisheries from COVID-19
B. Council Pelagic Research Initiatives
C. Status Determination of Oceanic Whitetip Shark and WCNPO Striped Marlin
▫ 08.C(1) BSIA_Oceanic_Whitetip_Shark
▫ 08.C(2) Stock Status DM WCPO Oceanic Whitetip Shark_signed
▫ 08.C(3) 2020-05-01 Tosatto to WPFMC_OWT Status
▫ 08.C(4) 2020-06-04 Stock Status Determination DM Striped Marlin_Signed
▫ 08.C(5) 2020-06-04 Tosatto to Soliai Striped Marlin Status
D. Satellite Tagging of Striped Marlin in the HawaiiLongline Fishery

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 11 a.m (Hawaii), 2 p.m. (Washington); Friday, June 12, 2020, 7 a.m (Marianas), 8 a.m. (Noumea)

E. SWFSC Pelagic Fisheries Research of Interest
▫ 08.E(1) 2019_ SWFSC_HMS_Annual_Report
F. International Fisheries
a. Pre-Assessment Workshop for Bigeye and Yellowfin Tunas
▫ 08.F.1.a(1) BET+YFT Pre-assessment wkshp report
b. Council Tropical Tunas Concept Paper
c. Permanent Advisory Committee
2. International Workshop on Area-Based Management of Blue Water Fisheries
G. Public Comment
H. SSC Discussion and Recommendations

9. Other Business
A. September 2020 SSC Meetings Dates

10. Summary of SSC Recommendations to the Council