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

Date: June 14-16, 2023 (W-F)        Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Hawaii)
……………………………………  Time: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Washington)
June 15-17, 2023 (Th-Sa)         .   …Time: 5:00 am to 1:00 pm (Marianas)
………………………………     … Time: 6:00 am to 2:00 pm (Noumea)
Location: Council Office, Honolulu

Remote Access Option through WebEx:
Event number: 2631 765 8720;
Event password: SSC148mtg

148th SSC draft public agenda
148th SSC FR notice

Major agenda items: AS FEP amendment for bottomfish management unit species (BMUS) revision (action item); CNMI BMUS annual biological catch (ABC) specification for 2024-2025 (action item); MHI Kona crab ABC specification for 2024-2026 (action item); Uku EFH revision options (action item); False killer whale issues review; and 2022 Annual SAFE Report and recommendations review.

Available meeting documents by day

Day 1       Day 2         Day 3

Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. HST

Time No. Agenda Item
9:00 AM 1 Introductions
9:10 AM 2 Approval of Draft Agenda and Assignment of Rapporteurs
2(1) 148th SSC draft public agenda
2(2) 148th SSC FR notice
9:15 AM 3 Status of the 147th SSC Meeting Recommendations
9:20 AM 4 Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Director Report
5         Island Fisheries
5.A American Samoa Bottomfish Management Unit Species (BMUS)
9:40 AM 5.A.1 American Samoa BMUS WPSAR Report
9:55 AM 5.A.2 American Samoa BMUS Benchmark Stock Assessment Report
10:55 AM 5.A.3 American Samoa FEP Amendment for BMUS Revision (Action Item)
11:25 AM 5.B CNMI BMUS ABC Specification for 2024-2025 (Action Item)
11:55 AM 5.C MHI Kona Crab ABC Specification for 2024-2026 (Action Item)
12:15 PM 5.D Uku Essential Fish Habitat Revision Options Paper (Action Item)
12:45 PM 5.E Public Comment
12:55 PM 5.F SSC Discussion and Recommendations

Lunch Break 1:00 – 2:00 PM

6         Protected Species
6.A Hawaii Deep-set and American Samoa Longline Fishery Final Biological Opinions (BiOps)
2:00 PM 6.A.1 Overview of the Final BiOps
2:20 PM 6.A.2 Implementation of Reasonable and Prudent Measures
6.B False Killer Whale Issues
2:50 PM 6.B.1 New Approach for Insular False Killer Whale Abundance Estimates
3:20 PM 6.B.2 Update on the New Assessment Approach for Hawaii Pelagic False Killer Whales
3:50 PM 6.B.3 False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team Meeting Report
4:20 PM 6.C Public Comment
4:30 PM 6.D SSC Discussion and Recommendations

Thursday, June 15, 2023, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. HST

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Reserved for work session time for SSC rapporteurs and working groups

7         Program Planning 
10:00 AM 7.A Review of the National Standard 1 Draft Guidance on Biomass Proxies
10:30 AM 7.B Review of National Standards 4, 8 and 9
7.C 2022 Annual SAFE Report and Recommendations
11:00 AM 7.C.1 Archipelagic and Pelagic Report Highlights
11:20 AM 7.C.2 Archipelagic Report Recommendations
11:30 AM 7.C.3 Pelagic Report Recommendations
7.D Review of Research Priorities
11:40 AM 7.D.1 Cooperative Research
11:50 AM 7.D.2 Updating the Council’s Pelagic Fisheries Research Plan
11:40 AM 7.E Public Comment
11:50 AM 7.F SSC Discussion and Recommendations

Lunch Break 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Time No. Agenda Item
8         Pelagic and International Fisheries
1:00 PM 8.A Update on Proposed Sanctuaries in the Pacific Remote Island Areas & Northwest Hawaiian Islands
1:30 PM 8.B SPC Pre-Assessment Workshop
2:00 PM 8.C South Pacific Albacore Inter-sessional Working Group
2:20 PM 8.D 2nd WCPO Longline Management Workshop
2:40 PM 8.E WCPFC Tropical Tuna Scientific Requests
3:00 PM 8.F IATTC Science Advisory Committee
3:15 PM 8.G Public Comment
3:25 PM 8.H SSC Discussion and Recommendations

3:30 – 5 p.m.: Reserved for work session time for SSC rapporteurs and working groups

Friday, June 16, 2023, 9 a.m – 12 p.m.

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