September 9, 2020 – September 10, 2020 all-day Pacific/Honolulu Timezone
Web Conference
Marlowe Sabater

Date: Sept. 9-10, 2020          Time: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (Hawaii)
………………………………Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (American Samoa)
………………………………Time: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Washington)
Sept. 10-11, 2020                  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:
Event number: 133 447 1198
Event password: SSC137mtg

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.

137th SSC Agenda
137th SSC and 183rd CM FR Notice

Press Release – Scientists to Set Acceptable Biological Catch for Main Hawaiian Islands Uku and Consider Hawaiʻi Small-Boat Fisheries Management Options (2 September 2020)

Press Release – Recommendations Advance from Scientists to Federal Fishery Managers on Hawai’i Small Boat, Hawai’i Grey Snapper, Hawai’i and American Samoa Longline Fisheries (11 September 2020)

Scroll below to view available documents

1. Introductions
01.1 CF List part 1-public 08.27.2020
2. Approval of Draft Agenda and Assignment of Rapporteurs
2(1) 137th SSC Agenda
2(2) FR Notice 137SSC and 183CM
3. Status of the 136th SSC Meeting Recommendations
4. Report from Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Director
04.1 PIFSC Rpt to WPFMC_137th SSC and 183rd CM

5. Program Planning and Research
A. Interagency US Seafood Trade Task Force
B. Report on the Council Response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13921 and 13924
05.B(2) 2020-07-01 MAFAC letter to Ross re_EO 13921
C. Development of a Council Policy on Offshore Energy
D. Public Comment
E. SSC Discussion and Recommendations

6. Island Fisheries
A. Main Hawaiian Island (MHI) Aprion virescens (uku) Fishery
1. Report on the P* and SEEM Analysis
06.A.1(1) MHI Uku P star WG Meeting_draft report
06.A.1(2) MHI Uku SEEM WG Meeting_draft report
2. Setting Acceptable Biological Catch for fishing year 2022-2025 (Action Item)
06.A.2(1) 2020-08-18 DRAFT MHI Uku 2022-2025 ABC Setting Document
B. Options for Hawaii Small-Boat Fishery Permitting and Reporting (Action Item)
C. Public Comment
D. SSC Discussion and Recommendations

7. Protected Species
A. Tori Line Demonstrations and Field Trials in the Hawaii Longline Fishery
07.A(1) Tori line project_Preliminary Report
B. Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act Updates
1. Status of ESA Consultations
2. Other updates
07.B.2(1) SEZ reopening FR notice (effective 08-25-20)
07.B.2(2) Cauliflower Coral 12-mo finding FR notice
07.B.2(3) Leatherback DPS petition 12-mo finding & global status review
07.B.2(4) Marine mammal deterrent guideline proposal
C. Reasonable and Prudent Measures and/or Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives for the Hawaii and American Samoa Longline Fisheries (Action Item)
D. Public Comment
E. SSC Discussion and Recommendations

Thursday, September 10, 2020, 11 a.m (Hawaii), 2 p.m. (Washington)
Friday, September 11, 2020, 7 a.m (Marianas), 8 a.m. (Noumea).

8. Pelagic Fisheries
A. American Samoa Longline Fishery Report
08.A(1) American Samoa LL Report
B. Hawaii Longline Report Fishery Report
08.B(1) Hawaii LL Report
C. Oceanic Whitetip Shark Population Projections
D. Oceanic Whitetip Shark Working Group and Research Activities
E. Roadmap to Effective Area-Based Management of Blue Water Fisheries
F. Report on the Hawaii Longline Eddy Project
G. Bigeye Tuna Recruitment Project
08.G(1) Toward an environmental predictor of tuna recruitment
H. International Fisheries
1. North Pacific Striped Marlin Rebuilding Measures
2. Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)
a. 20th International Scientific Committee Plenary Outcomes
b. 16th WCPFC Science Committee
3. Tropical Tuna Allocation Concept Paper
I. Workshop on the Use of C-14 for Tropical Tuna Age Validation
08.I(1) Ageing Tunas with Bomb Radiocarbon Workshp
J. Public Comment
K. SSC Discussion and Recommendations

9. Other Business
A. December 2020 SSC Meetings Dates

10. Summary of SSC Recommendations to the Council