December 12, 2023 – December 13, 2023 all-day Pacific/Honolulu Timezone

Dec. 12-13, 2023 (T-W)            Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Hawaii)
Dec. 12-13, 2023 (T-W)            Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (American Samoa)
Dec. 13-14, 2023 (W-Th)         Time: 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Marianas)
Location: Web conference via Webex, and Host sites at 1164 Bishop St., Ste. 1400, Honolulu, HI; Tedi of Samoa Bldg. Ste. 208B, Fagatogo Village, AS; Cliff Pointe 304 W. O’Brien Dr., Hagatna, Guam; BRI Bldg. Ste. 205, Kopa Di Oru St., Garapan, Saipan, CNMI

To access the meeting via Webex, click link below:
Event number: 2630 593 6741
Event password: CM197mtg (26197685 from phones)

197 CM public draft agenda rev1
FR Notice (Correction)
Final 197 CM Action Memorandum
Final 196th CM Minutes
Press Release – WP Council to Address Final Fishing Regulation Recommendations for Proposed US PRI Sanctuary

Instructions for providing oral public testimony or comments:
For those participating remotely by Webex, request for public comment and identification of the agenda item on which you wish to speak must be sent through the “chat” function in Webex to the “Host” prior to the start of the public comment session. For those participating at a web conference host site, fill out a comment card and indicate the agenda item on which you wish to speak. Oral testimony is limited to three minutes. Please identify yourself and whom you represent at the beginning of your testimony. Public comment on non-agenda items will be taken on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m (HST).

Major agenda items: Fishing regulations in the proposed Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Sanctuary (final action item); American Samoa bottomfish rebuilding plan discontinuation and 2024-2026 annual catch limit specification (final action item); HI Fishery Ecosystem Plan uku essential fish habitat revision amendment (final action item); Multi-year U.S. Territorial bigeye tuna catch limit and allocation specifications (final action item); Inflation Reduction Act proposal discussion; and Council Western and Central Pacific Ocean longline management workshops and international meetings update.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Revised Schedule and Agenda for the 197th Council Meeting
10 a.m. to 11 a.m., HST
Closed Session on Litigation Related Matters (pursuant to MSA § 302(i)(3))

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. HST 

11:00 AM 1             Welcome and Introductions
01(1)_rev1 Council Family List
11:10 AM 2             Oath of Office – New Council Member
11:20 AM 3             Approval of the 197th CM Agenda
03(1)_rev1 197 CM public draft agenda
11:25 AM 4             Approval of the 196th CM Meeting Minutes
11:30 AM 5             Executive Director’s Report


6           Federal Agency Reports
11:40 AM 6.A National Marine Fisheries Service
6.A.1  Pacific Islands Regional Office
06.A.1(1) 197 Council Report – PIRO
6.A.2   Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
06.A.2(1) PIFSC Report 197 Council 150 SSC
11:55 AM 6.B NOAA Office of General Counsel Pacific Islands Section
12:00 PM 6.C Ethics Training
12:30 PM 6.D Enforcement Reports
6.D.1   US Coast Guard
06.D.1(1) 197th WPRFMC USCG Agency Report
6.D.2   NOAA Office of Law Enforcement 
6.D.3   NOAA Office of General Counsel Enforcement Section
12:45 PM 6.E US State Department
12:50 PM 6.F US Fish and Wildlife Service
12:55 PM 6.G Public Comment
1:00 PM 6.H Council Discussion and Action

 Break 1:15 – 1:30 p.m.

7           Island Agency Reports
1:30 PM 7.A American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources
07.A(1) AS DMWR Report
1:40 PM 7.B CNMI Department of Lands and Natural Resources
07.B(1) CNMI DFW Report
1:50 PM 7.C Guam Department of Agriculture
2:00 PM 7.D Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
2:10 PM 7.E Public Comment
2:15 PM 7.F Council Discussion and Action
8           Action Items
2:30 PM 8.A Fishing Regulations for the Proposed Pacific Remote Island National Marine Sanctuary (Final Action)
08.A(2) PIFSC Report on Economic Contribution of US commercial Fisheries in American Samoa
4:15 PM 8.B Advisory Group Report and Recommendations
8.B.1  Fishing Industry Advisory Committee
8.B.2  Advisory Panel
8.B.3   Scientific & Statistical Committee
4:30 PM 8.C Public Comment
4:35 PM 8.D 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 

Wednesday December 13, 2023

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

9           Action Items Continued
11:00 AM 9.A Discontinuing the Rebuilding Plan and Annual Catch Limit Specifications for the American Samoa Bottomfish Fishery for 2024-2026 (Final Action)
09.A(1) Discontine the Rebuilding Plan and ACL for AS BMUS 2024-2026
11:30 AM 9.B Hawaii FEP Uku Essential Fish Habitat Revision Amendment (Final Action)
09.B(1)_rev1 DRAFT Uku EFH Revision Amendment_For 197CM Final Action

11:45 AM 9.C Guam Bottomfish Stock Assessment WPSAR Terms of Reference
12:00 PM 9.D Multi-year US Territorial Bigeye Tuna Catch Limit and Allocation Specification (Final Action)
1:00 PM 9.E Advisory Group Report and Recommendations
9.E.1  Fishing Industry Advisory Committee
9.E.2  Advisory Panel
9.E.3  Scientific & Statistical Committee
1:15 PM 9.F Public Comment
1:30 PM 9.G Council Discussion and Action

 Break 1:45 – 2:00 p.m.

10       Program Items
2:00 PM 10.A Council IRA Application Priorities and Development
2:45 PM 10.B Pelagic and International Fisheries
10.B.1                       Council WCPO Longline Management Workshops
10.B.1(1) Final Report 3nd WCPO Longline Management Workshop September 2023
10.B.2                       Outcomes of 20th Regular Session of the WCPFC
10.B.2(1) WCPFC20 2023 Provisional Annotated Agenda_0
3:00 PM 10.C Advisory Group Report and Recommendations
10.C.1                       Fishing Industry Advisory Committee
10.C.2                       Advisory Panel
10.C.3                       Scientific & Statistical Committee
3:15 PM 10.D Public Comment
3:20 PM 10.E Council Discussion and Action

 Break 3:30 – 3:40 pm 

11       Administrative Matters
3:40 PM 11.A Financial Reports
3:45 PM 11.B Administrative Reports
3:50 PM 11.C Council Family Changes
11.C(1) CF Changes for 197 CM
4:00 PM 11.D Meetings and Workshops
11.D(1) Public Meeting List
4:10 PM 11.E Report on the CCC Meeting Outcomes
11.E(1) October 2023 CCC Summary Report
4:20 PM 11.F Executive and Budget Standing Committee Report
4:25 PM 11.G Public Comment
4:30 PM 11.H Council Discussion and Action


12       Other Business
13       Election of Officers