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Compliance Guides

Compliance Guides and Regulation Summaries at National Marine Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Regional Office

Go Fish! with Mike Buck

header_logoThe Council sponsors a weekly segment with Mike Buck on his “Go Fish!” Radio Talk Show, on AM 690.  The show airs on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. with a replay on Sundays at 7:00 a.m.  Mike discusses all things fishing, including issues, fisheries management and science, and fishermen views.  For recent segments sponsored by the Council, click here.


January 13 and 20, 2018 Shows:

Do you know how fishing laws are made?  How do you provide input into the process?  This week’s show Mike talks with Council staff Joshua DeMello about some of the national legislation that will impact fisheries and review how you can be a part of the process.  They also talk about the Marine Education and Training Program

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April 7, 2018 Show:

The National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Summit was held March 28-29, 2018 in Crystal City, VA.  Participants from the Western Pacific Region provided the summit with information on recreational, or non-commercial fishing, and the issues and needs in the region.  NOAA Fisheries Recreational Fishing Coordinator, Andrew Torres, and Council Staff join Mike Buck this week to talk about the summit and recreational fishing.

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April 14, 2018 Show:
Bob Framm, Founder and President of Garden & Valley Isle Seafood, Inc. stops by to talk with Mike Buck about Hawaii’s seafood industry and its dependence on fishing.  They also go on to talk about issues that face everyone including things like catch limits and potential prohibition on selling billfish to the US mainland.  For more information on Garden & Valley Isle Seafood, Inc. visit their website:

May 19, 2018 Show:

U.S. Regional Fishery Management Councils

The Council Coordination Committee meets twice each year to discuss issues relevant to all councils, including issues related to the implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.  From May 22-24, 2018, all eight of the regional fishery management councils will meet in Sitka, Alaska in its second meeting of the year.  This week’s show Council staff discuss the important topics being discussed at this meeting and what this meeting means to the region.  For agenda and more information, see: or visit the Councils’ website at:

July 28, 2018 and August 4, 2018 Shows: 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.  For more information visit this page:

Want to apply? Click here

January 12 Show:
Senate Bill 1520 as Enrolled by the House and sent to the President for signature (Click here)

Main Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish



2018-2019 Fishing Season (September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019)

2015-16 Annual Catch Limit: 492,000 lbs (Council recommendation, FR to be published)
Total Landings to date: 87,315 lbs (17.7% of ACL)

Summary Landings to Date (As of January 14, 2019)

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2017-2018 Fishing Season (September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018)

2015-16 Annual Catch Limit: 306,000 lbs
Total Landings to date: 230,912 lbs (75.5% of ACL)

Summary Landings to Date (As of October 1, 2018)

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2016-2017 Fishing Season (September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017)

*Note: The 2016-2017 fishing season has ended as of August 31, 2017, though because of data processing and availability, the following may be updated as data is provided.

2016-17 Annual Catch Limit: 318,000 lbs
Total Landings to date: 234,299 lbs (73.7% of ACL)

Summary Landings to Date (As of September 15, 2017)





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Comparison of MHI Deep-7 Bottomfish Landings 2007-2018

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Bottomfish News: Volume 17-August 2014

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Fishery Science Information

Find scientific information on the region’s fisheries at:
NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
Pelagics Fisheries Research Program (PFRP)
Hawaii Seafood Council
Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS)

For more information on Fish Aggregation Devices:
Hawaii FADs
SPC Manual on FADs
SPC FAD Manual Volume II

State/Regional Regulations

National Marine Fisheries Service