March 14, 2023 – March 16, 2023 all-day Pacific/Honolulu Timezone

Date: Mar. 14-16, 2023 (T-W)        Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Hawaii)
……………………………………  Time: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Washington)
Mar. 15-17, 2023 (W-Th)         .   …Time: 5:00 am to 1:00 pm (Marianas)
………………………………     … Time: 6:00 am to 2:00 pm (Noumea)
Location: Hybrid Meeting (in-person for members and presenters; remote for all others)

Both audio and visual portions of the web conference can be accessed at:
Webex (audio & visual) access: https://wprfmc.webex.com/wprfmc/j.php?MTID=m5faf6e828055fc24507ddf842aa1b7e0
Event number: 2467 788 7316; Event password: SSC147mtg

147 SSC draft PUBLIC agenda
147 SSC and 194 CM FR Notice

Press Release – Western Pacific Scientists to Discuss Longline Fishery Interaction Analyses and Bigeye Tuna Regulations Next Week (10 March 2023)
Press Release: Science Advisors Weigh In on Cost Recovery in NWHI Fishing Trips (14 March 2023)
Press Release – SSC Concurs with Studies Suggesting Large-Scale MPAs Have Limited Conservation Benefits for Pacific Tropical Tunas (16 March 2023)
Press Release – ESA-listed Species Not at Risk of Extinction From Hawai‘i and American Samoa Longline Fishery Interactions (17 March 2023)

Available meeting documents by day

Day 1       Day 2         Day 3

Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. HST

Time No. Agenda Item
9:00 AM 1 Introductions
01.1rev1 Council Family List – Part 1 03.13.2023
9:15 AM 2 Approval of Draft Agenda and Assignment of Rapporteurs
02.1 147 SSC draft PUBLIC agenda_02-21-23
02.2 147SSC and 194CM FR Notice
9:25 AM 3 Status of the 146th SSC Meeting Recommendations
03.1 146 SSC FINAL Report
9:35 AM 4 Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Director Report
04.1 PIFSC Report 194th Council 147th SSC
04.2 Ltr from T. Brown, PIFSC’s Priorities and Annual Guidance Memo FY24 03.06.2023-
5         Island Fisheries
05.1 Ltr from Chair D. Chang about HI state rolling back 30×30 Holomua Initiative 01.30.2023
5.A Western Pacific Bottomfish Fisheries
9:50 AM 5.A.1 American Samoa Bottomfish Management Unit Species (BMUS) Stock Assessment and WPSAR Update
05.A.1(1) Agenda for AS BMUS WPSAR
05.A.1(2) Terms of Reference Am Samoa BMUS WPSAR
10:05 AM 5.A.2 Guam Bottomfish Data Workshops
10:25 AM 5.B Establishing Status Determination Criteria for Kona Crab Fisheries (Action Item)
05.B(1)rev1 Establishing SDC for Kona Crab Fisheries_Options Paper DRAFT
10:55 AM 5.C Gold Coral Management (Action Item)
05.C(1) Options Paper for Gold Coral Moratorium Extension
11:10 AM 5.D NWHI Fishing Cost Recovery Analysis (Action Item)
05.D(1) Options for Cost Recovery in the MEA
11:40 AM 5.E Public Comment
11:50 AM 5.F SSC Discussion and Recommendations

Lunch Break 12:00 – 1:00 PM

6         Protected Species
1:00 PM 6.A EBFM Turtle Model Workshop Report
06.A(1)rev1 EBFM SSLL Turtle Model Workshop Report
6.B Hawaii Deep-set and American Samoa Longline Fishery Draft Biological Opinions
1:30 PM 6.B.1 Updated Assessment of Population-level Impacts of Leatherback Turtle Interactions in the Hawaii Deep-set Longline Fishery
06.B.1(1) Updated DSLL Leatherback Impact Assessment (PIFSC_IR_23_03)
2:00 PM 6.B.2 Review of the Draft Biological Opinions
06.B.2(1) Draft DSLL Biological Opinion
06.B.2(2) Draft ASLL Biological Opinion
2:30 PM 6.C A Potential New Assessment Approach for Hawaii Pelagic False Killer Whales
2:50 PM 6.D Review of Potential Measures for the False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan Modifications
06.D(1) WPRFMC FKWTRP Positions as of Nov 2022
06.D(2) FKWTRT Nov 2022 Meeting Report
3:20 PM 6.E Draft Recovery Plan for Oceanic Whitetip Sharks
06.E(1) Oceanic Whitetip Shark Draft ESA Recovery Plan
06.E(2) OWT Recovery Plan Supporting Doc – Draft Implementation Strategy
06.E(3) OWT Recovery Plan Supporting Doc – Recovery Status Review
3:50 PM 6.F Public Comment
4:00 PM 6.G SSC Discussion and Recommendations


 Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. HST

Time No. Agenda Item
7         Pelagic and International Fisheries
7.A 2022 Longline Fishery Reports
10:30 AM 7.A.1 Hawaii Longline Fishery Report
07.A(1) 2022 Hawaii Longline Report Fishery Report
11:00 AM 7.A.2 American Samoa Longline Fishery Report
07.A.2(1) American Samoa Longline Fishery
11:15 AM 7.B International Billfish Biological Sampling Research Update
11:45 AM 7.C Multi-Year Territorial Bigeye Tuna Catch and Allocation Specifications (Action Item)
12:15 PM 7.D Bayesian Meta-synthesis of Shark Bycatch Mortality to Support Evidence-informed Hazard Mitigation Policy
07.D(1) Gilman etal_2022_Shark Bayesian Meta-Synthesis for At-Sea Mortality

Lunch Break 12:30 – 1:30 PM

7.E Area-based Management Issues
07.E(0) Draft agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction March 5 2023
07.E.0(a) popsci.com-The High-Seas Treaty to protect marine life in the open ocean finally makes progress
1:30 PM 7.E.1 Limited Conservation Efficacy of Large-Scale Marine Protected Areas for Pacific Skipjack and Bigeye Tunas
07.E.1(1) Hampton etal_2023_Efficacy of Large MPAs for Pacific Skipjack and BET
2:00 PM 7.E.2 CCC Area-Based Management Subcommittee Manuscript
2:20 PM 7.E.3 Updated Analyses of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Expansion Spillover
2:50 PM 7.F Updating the Council’s Pelagic Fisheries Research Plan
07.F(1) Latest Pelagics Research Plan Feb 2021 Update
3:10 PM 7.G WCPFC Tropical Tuna Scientific Requests
07.G(1) WCPO Tropical Tuna Longline Management Workshop Report
3:30 PM 7.H Public Comment
3:40 PM 7.I SSC Discussion and Recommendations


Thursday, March 16, 2023, 9 a.m – 5 p.m.

Time No. Agenda Item
8         Other Business
8.A June SSC Meetings Dates
9         Summary of SSC Recommendations to the Council