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 ( 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.


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

10:00 am Western Pacific Stock Assessment...
Western Pacific Stock Assessment...
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Date: April 14, 2021          Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Location: Web Conference Audio and visual portions of the web conference can be accessed at:​wprfmc/​onstage/​g.php?​MTID=​e8c384805392ab62d6dd9bf6f6c818a68 Event Password (If Prompted): WPSARsc0414[...]
1:00 pm Archipelagic Plan Team Virtual M...
Archipelagic Plan Team Virtual M...
Apr 20 @ 1:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm
Date: April 20-22, 2021          Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Location: Web Conference Audio and visual portions of the web conference can be accessed at: Event Number (if prompted): 133[...]
12:00 pm IATTC – 1st Workshop on Implemen...
IATTC – 1st Workshop on Implemen...
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – Apr 23 @ 3:00 pm
* Not hosted by WPRFMC Date: April 22-23, 2021          Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Location: Web Conference link to website to learn more:
1:00 pm WCPFC – Development of New WCPFC...
WCPFC – Development of New WCPFC...
Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 11:00 pm
* Not hosted by the WPRFMC Date: April 25, 2021          1:00 pm -5:00 pm HST ……..April 26, 2021          1:00 pm -5:00 pm HST Rest day: Tuesday, April[...]
1:00 pm Fishery Data Collection and Rese...
Fishery Data Collection and Rese...
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm
Date: April 28-29, 2021          Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Location: Web Conference Audio and visual portions of the web conference can be accessed at: Event number (if prompted): 133[...]
12:00 pm IATTC – 2nd Workshop on Manageme...
IATTC – 2nd Workshop on Manageme...
May 3 @ 12:00 pm – May 4 @ 3:00 pm
*Not hosted by WPRFMC Date: May 3-4, 2021          Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Location: Web Conference Visit the IATTC website to learn more.
all-day Pelagic Plan Team Virtual Meeting
Pelagic Plan Team Virtual Meeting
May 11 – May 13 all-day
Date: May 11-13, 2021 Location: Web Conference
all-day Council Coordination Committee M...
Council Coordination Committee M...
May 18 – May 20 all-day
*Not hosted by WPRFMC Date: May 18-20, 2021 Location: Web Conference To learn more, visit
all-day Marine Fisheries Advisory Commit...
Marine Fisheries Advisory Commit...
May 25 – May 27 all-day
*Not hosted by WPRFMC Date: May 25-27, 2021 Location: Unknown
all-day 140th Scientific and Statistical...
140th Scientific and Statistical...
Jun 15 – Jun 17 all-day
Date: June 15-17, 2021 Location: Web conference

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.


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.