The Council convenes several regular meetings per year, in the Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. All meetings are open to the public, except for an occasional, closed session to discuss internal personnel and policy issues. Agendas are posted on the Council’s web site (www.wpcouncil.org) prior to the meeting. The Council meeting is web streamed. Minutes are taken for each Council meeting and are available to the public via the Council website.

Briefing Materials

Council members receive briefing materials electronically and/or on hardcopy prior to Council meetings. They include brief background summaries, documents for regulatory action, reports from agencies and organizations, written public comments and other material relevant to the agenda. The briefing materials are cataloged to the meeting agenda with identifier tags located on the top right hand corner of the document. Copies of briefing materials are made available to the public at the meeting as the Council progresses through the agenda. Public comments to be included in the briefing materials can be submitted to the Council office by mail, fax or email and must be received at least one week before the meeting.

Handouts

Copies of the agenda and pertinent briefing materials are provided on a table at the back of or just outside of the Council meeting venue. Copies of reports, handouts and statements generated during the Council meetings are also provided on the table.

Agendas and Agenda Items

The Council works from an agenda, which is posted on the Council’s website and provided on the table at the back or just outside of the Council meeting venue. The content of the agenda is set by the executive director, in consultation with the Council. Requests for an item to be placed on the agenda should be directed to the executive director or to the Council chair or a vice-chair.

Each fishery management agenda item has several parts. First, a staff person generally provides an overview of the issue or action to be considered. This may be followed by more detailed presentations or information and by reports from the Council’s advisory bodies. Before the Council begins deliberations on the agenda item, it will take public testimony from those who sign up on public comment forms available at the meeting. Finally, the Council discusses the topic and may vote on it.

Public Comment

The Council allows public comment on agenda items. Oral or written statements should include a brief description of the background and interests of the person testifying.

If you’d like to testify during the comment period, you must sign up at the back of the room on a public comment form before the public comment period is completed. Give the completed form to any staff person, who will then hand it to the meeting chair. The chair will call for comments in the order the forms were received. When your name is called, approach the podium, introduce yourself, state your affiliation and give your testimony. Due to time constraints, public comment is limited to three minutes per person or six minutes for an organization or group.

You can also provide written copies of your testimony to be distributed during the meeting. You can do this by providing the written testimony at least one week prior to the start of the meeting or by handing 40 copies of the testimony to the Council staff either prior to or during your testimony.

Upcoming Events

May
30
Thu
12:00 pm Social Science Planning Committe...
Social Science Planning Committe...
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Date: May 30, 2024         Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Location: Hybrid (In-person with remote option via WebEx) In-person attendance will be hosted at Council office, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1400, Honolulu,[...]
Jun
3
Mon
10:00 pm Mariana Archipelago FEP Guam Adv...
Mariana Archipelago FEP Guam Adv...
Jun 3 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 4 @ 12:00 am
Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (ChST) Virtual Meeting via Webex: https://wprfmc.webex.com/wprfmc/j.php?MTID=md9a8f1f269a220d36b3c7d41cdea61e9 Event number (if prompted): 2632 051 8764 Event password (if prompted): GUAP0604mtg FR Notice Agenda Major agenda items: Guam module for[...]
Jun
4
Tue
6:00 pm American Samoa FEP Advisory Pane...
American Samoa FEP Advisory Pane...
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. (SST) Virtual Meeting via Webex: Event number (if prompted): 2630 570 8309 Event password (if prompted): ASAP0604mtg (27270605 from phones) FR Notice Agenda Major agenda items: AS[...]
Jun
7
Fri
9:00 am Hawaii Archipelago and PRIA Advi...
Hawaii Archipelago and PRIA Advi...
Jun 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Friday, June 7, 2024, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. (HST) Virtual Meeting via Webex: https://wprfmc.webex.com/wprfmc/j.php?MTID=m517bb15f13545eb855e270eda9f9eb2a Event number (if prompted): 2631 440 0637 Event password (if prompted): HIAP0607mtg (44270608 from phones) FR Notice Agenda Major agenda[...]
2:00 pm Mariana Archipelago FEP CNMI AP ...
Mariana Archipelago FEP CNMI AP ...
Jun 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 8, 2024, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (ChST) Virtual Meeting via Webex: https://wprfmc.webex.com/wprfmc/j.php?MTID=m4733acd3cca8c187bebf672963ff97ea Event number (if prompted): 2634 843 0685 Event password (if prompted): CNMIAP0608mtg (26642707 from phones) FR Notice Agenda Major agenda[...]
Jun
11
Tue
all-day 152nd Scientific and Statistical...
152nd Scientific and Statistical...
Jun 11 – Jun 13 all-day
Tuesday, June 11, 2024       9 a.m. – 5 p.m. HST Wednesday, June 12, 2024     9 a.m. – 5 p.m. HST Thursday, June 13, 2024      9 a.m. – 1 p.m. HST[...]
Jun
18
Tue
3:00 pm Fishing Industry Advisory Committee
Fishing Industry Advisory Committee
Jun 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Date: June 18, 2024          Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location: Hybrid meeting, at Council office and via Webex 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI Meeting Link: https://wprfmc.webex.com/wprfmc/j.php?MTID=m10345c363c9906ee3ebdbc1d84c12dbb Event number[...]
Jun
21
Fri
10:00 am Fishery Data Collection and Rese...
Fishery Data Collection and Rese...
Jun 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fishery Data Collection and Research Committee (FDCRC) Meeting Date: Friday, June 21, 2024 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. (HST) Location: Hybrid Meeting at Council office and via Webex To access the hybrid portion of[...]
1:00 pm Executive & Budget Standing Comm...
Executive & Budget Standing Comm...
Jun 21 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Executive and Budget Standing Committee Meeting Date: Friday, June 21, 2024 Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. (HST) Location: Hybrid Meeting at Council office and via Webex: https://wprfmc.webex.com/wprfmc/j.php?MTID=m0c0c70fa10b8cdf2f396e231646abf21 Event number: 2631 118 2672 Event password:[...]
Jun
24
Mon
all-day 199th Council Meeting
199th Council Meeting
Jun 24 – Jun 26 all-day
Monday, June 24, 2024            Council Meeting                                          9:00 a.m. – 4:00[...]

Robert’s Rules of Order

The Council meeting process generally follows the Robert’s Rules of Order, rules for parliamentary procedure that were first developed in 1876. Traditionally, the General Counsel serves as the parliamentarian to assist with questions regarding rules of order.

Motions

During discussion, voting Council members may move to take action. The motion must receive a second by another Council member before a vote is taken. Sometimes Council members will move to amend a motion. An amendment is a suggestion for a change to the main motion. Other times, a Council member may make a substitute motion, which is used to propose action significantly different than the motion on the floor. Amendments may be made to any action on the floor and must be voted on. The main motion, as amended, must receive at least a majority (one over half) to pass.

Council Decisions

In making its decisions, the Council reviews available information and considers public comments, advisory body recommendations, the National Standards of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and the Council’s Guiding Principles. Decisions must conform to the MSA, National Environmental Policy Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered Species Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act and other applicable law, including several executive orders. Final decisions go to the Secretary of Commerce for a second review, public comment and final approval. Regulatory changes may take up to a year or longer to implement, particularly if complex or contentious. Once finalized and approved, they are implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Regulations are found in Title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 665.