March 27, 2023 – March 31, 2023 all-day Pacific/Honolulu Timezone

March 26-27, 2023 (Sun-M)           Time: 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Hawaii)
………………………  …..   …  … Time: 12 noon to 8:00 p.m. (American Samoa)
March 27-28, 2023 (M-Tu)     …    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Marianas) [START TIME UPDATED TO 8:30 a.m]
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Coral Tree Ave., Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

March 29-30, 2023 (W-Th)            Time: 12:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Hawaii)
……………………..……     …  … Time: 113:30 am to 8:00 p.m. (American Samoa)
March 30-31, 2023 (Th-F)     …     Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Marianas) [START TIME UPDATED TO 8:30 a.m]
Location: Guam Hilton Resort, Tumon Bay, Guam

To access the Council Plenary WebEx (audio & visual) click link below:
Event number: 2459 032 8940
Event password: CM194mtg

194th CM WPRFMC Public Agenda
194th CM FR Notice
194 CM Summary of Action Items

Press Release – CNMI Governor Palacios Urges President Biden to Respect Pacific Island Communities at Fishery Management Council Meeting (28 March 2023)

Link to Meeting documents by Day
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Hibiscus Ballroom
Saipan, CNMI
Travel Day Guam Hilton Resort
Micronesian Ballroom
Tumon Bay, Guam
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 –
(No Meeting)
Day 4 Day 5

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Hibiscus Ballroom
Saipan, CNMI

Monday, March 27, 2023
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Time   Agenda Item
9:00 AM 1           Welcome and Introductions
  01.1rev1 Council Family List – Part 1 03.13.2023
9:15 AM 2           Opening Protocol
9:30 AM 3           Opening Remarks: The Honorable Arnold Palacios, Governor of CNMI
9:45 AM 4           Approval of the 194th CM Agenda
  04.1 194th CM WPRFMC Public Agenda
04.2 147th SSC and 194th CM FR Notice
04.3 Public Executive Budget Standing Committee 194th Agenda
9:50 AM 5           Approval of the 193rd CM Meeting Minutes
  05.3rev2 147th SSC FINAL Report & Appendix_rev
9:55 AM 6           Executive Director’s Report

Break 10:05 AM – 10:15 AM

7        Agency Reports
7.A National Marine Fisheries Service
10:15 AM 7.A.1 Pacific Islands Regional Office
07.A.1(1) PIRO Agency Report for 194CM
10:30 AM 7.A.2 Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
07.A.2(1) PIFSC Report 194th Council 147th SSC
07.A.2(2) Ltr from T. Brown, PIFSC’s Priorities and Annual Guidance Memo FY24 03.06.2023-
10:45 AM 7.B NOAA Office of General Counsel Pacific Islands Section
07.B(1) 194th CM_GCPI Report to Council
7.C Enforcement
11:00 AM 7.C.1 US Coast Guard
07.C.1(1) USCG Agency Report 194 WPRMFC – March 2023
11:15 AM 7.C.2 NOAA Office of Law Enforcement
11:30 AM 7.C.3 NOAA Office of General Counsel Enforcement Section
11:45 AM 7.D US State Department
07.D(1) State Dept Report to 194 Council Meeting
12:00 PM 7.E US Fish and Wildlife Service
07.E(1) USFWS WesPac Report 194
12:15 PM 7.F Public Comment
12:25 PM 7.G Council Discussion and Action

Lunch Break 12:35 PM – 2:00 PM

No. Agenda Item
8          Mariana Archipelago  – CNMI
08.2 CNMI Family Change Memo
2:00 PM 8.A DLNR & DFW Report
08.A(1)rev1 CNMI DLNR.DFW 194th Agency Report
08.A(2) Letter to John Amor_NOAA_Removing the Mariana Trench from the ONMS Inventory List
2:15 PM 8.B Arongol Falú
2:30 PM 8.C Review of CNMI Marine Conservation Plan (Action Item)
08.C(1) CNMI MCP from Gov to 194CM
2:45 PM 8.D Options for Exploratory Longline Fishing in CNMI
3:05 PM 8.E Advisory Group Report and Recommendations
8.E.1   Advisory Panel
8.E.2   Fishing Industry Advisory Committee
08.E.2(1) FIAC Report February 27 2023
8.E.3   Regional Ecosystem Advisory Committee
8.E.4   Scientific & Statistical Committee
3:20 PM 8.F Public Comment
3:30 PM 8.G Council Discussion and Action

Break 3:45 PM – 3:55 PM

9          Protected Species
3:55 PM 9.A EBFM Turtle Model Workshop Report
09.A(1) EBFM SSLL Turtle Model Workshop Report
9.B Review of the Hawaii Deep-set and American Samoa Longline Fishery Draft Biological Opinions
4:10 PM 9.B.1 Draft BiOp Overview
09.B.1(1) Draft DSLL Biological Opinion
09.B.1(2) Draft ASLL Biological Opinion
4:40 PM 9.B.2 Advisory Group Review of Draft Biological Opinions
09.B.2(2)rev1 FINAL Report of March 2023 Joint AP FIAC meeting

Fishers Forum
All About Bottomfish in the Mariana Islands
6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Saipan, CNMI
CNMI Fishers Forum Flyer
CNMI Fishers Forum Public Agenda 3-15-23

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. [START TIME UPDATED]

9         Protected Species (continued)
9.C ESA and MMPA Updates
9:00 AM 9.C.1 Overview of ESA critical habitat designations
9:20 AM 9.C.2 Coral and green turtle critical habitat rulemaking update
9:40 AM 9.C.3 Draft Recovery Plan for oceanic whitetip shark
09.C.3(1) Oceanic Whitetip Shark Draft ESA Recovery Plan
10:00 AM 9.D Review of Potential Measures for the False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan Modifications
09.D(1) WPRFMC FKWTRP Positions as of Nov 2022_wAppendix_verSSC&CM
09.D(2) FKWTRT Nov 2022 Meeting Report
09.D(3) Draft_March 28-31 FKW TRT Agenda
10:30 AM 9.E Advisory Group Report and Recommendations
9.E.1   Advisory Panel
9.E.2   Fishing Industry Advisory Committee
9.E.3   Regional Ecosystem Advisory Committee
9.E.4   Scientific & Statistical Committee
10:45 AM 9.F Public Comment
10:55 AM 9.G Council Discussion and Action

Lunch Break 11:15 – 12:45 PM

10      Hawai‘i Archipelago & Pacific Remote Island Areas (PRIA)
10.2 Ltr from D. Chang, HI DLNR Chair about HI state rolling back 30×30 Holomua Initiative 01.30.2023
10.3 Deepwater Shrimp and PC 2022-2025 ACL Specs Final Rule FR Notice
12:45 PM 10.A Moku Pepa
10.A(2) Hawai‘i Voters Support Improved Fisheries Management _ TNC
1:05 PM 10.B DLNR/DAR Report (Legislation, Enforcement)
10.B(1) DLNR-DAR 194th Island Report
1:20 PM 10.C NWHI Fishing Regulations -Native Hawaiian Subsistence Permit and Cost Recovery (Final Action)
10.C(1) Options for Cost Recovery in the MEA
10.C(2)rev 1 Proposed Process for receiving a Native Hawaiian Subsistence Fishing Practices Permit
10.C(3) Ltr from N. LeBoeuf, ONMS response to Council MEA recommendations 02.22.2023
2:05 PM 10.D MHI Kona Crab Status Determination Criteria (Initial Action)
10.D(1)rev1 Establishing SDC for Kona Crab Fisheries Options Paper DRAFT
2:35 PM 10.E Gold Coral Management (Final Action)
10.E(1) Management Options for the Western Pacific Gold Coral 2023
2:55 PM 10.F Review of PRIA Marine Conservation Plan (Action Item)
10.F(1) PRIA MCP_2023_Draft for Council
3:15 PM 10.G Advisory Group Report and Recommendations
10.G.1   Archipelagic Plan Team
10.G.1(1) Intersessional APT Meeting FINAL Report
10.G.2   Advisory Panel
10.G.2(1) FEB HI AP Final Report
10.G.3   Fishing Industry Advisory Committee
10.G.4   Scientific & Statistical Committee
3:30 PM 10.H Public Comment
3:40 PM 10.I Council Discussion and Action

4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(approximate time; remaining agenda items for the day may shift)
Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Guam Hilton Resort
Micronesian Ballroom
Tumon Bay, Guam

Thursday, March 30, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Time No. Agenda Item
9:00 AM 11      Welcome and Introductions
11.A Guam Opening Protocol
11.B Opening Remarks: The Honorable Lou Leon Guerrero, Governor of Guam


12      Mariana Archipelago  – Guam
9:45 AM 12.A Isla Informe
12.A(1) 194CM Isla Informe
10:00 AM 12.B DoA/DAWR
12.B(1) DOAG DAWR 194th CM Guam Island Report
10:15 AM 12.C Review of Guam Marine Conservation Plan (Action Item)
12.D(1) Report on the Guam Data Workshop
10:35 AM 12.D Report of the Guam Bottomfish Data Workshop
10:55 AM 12.E Advisory Group Report and Recommendations
12.E.1   Advisory Panel
12.E.2   Fishing Industry Advisory Committee
12.E.3   Regional Ecosystem Advisory Committee
12.E.4   Scientific & Statistical Committee
11:10 AM 12.F Public Comment
11:20 AM 12.G Council Discussion and Action


Lunch Break 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

13      Pelagic & International Fisheries
13.A 2022 Longline Reports
12:30 PM 13.A.1 Hawaii Longline Fishery
13.A.1(1) 2022 Hawaii Longline Report Fishery Report
1:00 PM 13.A.2 American Samoa Longline Fishery
13.A.2(1) American Samoa 2022 Longline Report
1:15 PM 13.B Multi-Year Territorial Bigeye Tuna Catch & Allocation Specifications (Initial Action)
13.B(1) Summary Multiyear BET Territorial Specifications_v02.17.2023
13.C International Fisheries Issues
13.C.0 BBNJ Text March 5 2023
13.C.0(a) popsci.com-The High-Seas Treaty to protect marine life in the open ocean finally makes progress (1)
1:45 PM 13.C.1   WCPO Longline Management Workshop
2:05 PM 13.D Advisory Group Report and Recommendations
13.D.1   Advisory Panel
13.D.2   Fishing Industry Advisory Committee
13.D.3   Regional Ecosystem Advisory Committees
13.D.4   Scientific & Statistical Committee
2:20 PM 13.E Public Comment
2:30 PM 13.F Council Discussion and Action


Break 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Time No. Agenda Item
14      Program Planning and Research 
3:00 PM 14.A National Legislative Report
14.A(1) Coral Legislation from NDAA
14.A(2) Coral Legislation from NDAA
3:15 PM 14.B Territorial Bottomfish Management Unit Species Revision Status Update
3:30 PM 14.C Updates on the NOAA Fisheries Equity and Environmental Justice Strategy
3:45 PM 14.D Regional Communications & Outreach Report
14.D(1)_rev1 Regional Comm-Outreach Report
4:05 PM 14.E Council Program Planning Report
14.F Regional Coordination Meeting Reports
4:20 PM 14.F.1 Council-PIRO
4:30 PM 14.F.2 Council-PIFSC
4:40 PM 14.F.3 Council-State of Hawaii
4:50 PM 14.G Advisory Group Report and Recommendations
14.G.1 Advisory Panel
14.G.2 Fishing Industry Advisory Committee
14.G.3 Regional Ecosystem Advisory Committees
14.G.4 Archipelagic Plan Team
14.G.5 Scientific & Statistical Committee
5:00 PM 14.H Public Comment
5:10 PM 14.I Council Discussion and Action


4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(approximate time; remaining agenda items for the day may shift)
Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items


Fishers Forum
All About Bottomfish in the Mariana Islands
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Guam Museum, Hagatna, Guam
Guam Fisher Forum Flyer
Guam Fishers Forum Public Agenda 3-14-23

Friday, March 31, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

15      American Samoa Archipelago
9:00 AM 15.A Motu Lipoti
15.A(1)rev1 Motu Lipoti-Draft Version 031623
9:15 AM 15.B DMWR Report
15.B(1) DMWR Report for 194th CM
15.B(2) AS CARES Act Update
9:35 AM 15.C Update on American Samoa Bottomfish Stock Assessment and Review
9:45 AM 15.D Advisory Group Report and Recommendations
15.D.1  Advisory Panel
15.D.1(1)rev1 FEB AS AP Final Report
15.D.2  Fishing Industry Advisory Committee
15.D.3 Scientific & Statistical Committee
9:45 AM 15.E Public Comment
9:55 AM 15.F Council Discussion and Action


16      Administrative Matters 
10:05 AM 16.A Financial Reports
10:15 AM 16.B Administrative Reports
10:25 AM 16.C Council Family Changes
10:35 AM 16.D Meetings and Workshops
16.D(1) Meeting List and Calendar
10:45 AM 16.E Executive and Budget Standing Committee Report
10:55 AM 16.F Public Comment
11:00 AM 16.G Council Discussion and Action
17      Other Business