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

Nov
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all-day 18th Regular Session of the West...
18th Regular Session of the West...
Nov 29 – Dec 7 all-day
Date: Nov. 29 – Dec. 7, 2021 Location: Webconference Visit www.WCPFC.int to learn more.
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3:30 pm Executive and Budget Standing Co...
Executive and Budget Standing Co...
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Date: December 6, 2021          Time: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm Location: Web Conference via WebEx Both audio and visual portions of the web conference can be accessed at: https://wprfmc.webex.com/wprfmc/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef6fea37f6567c9c067f540e54e391582 Event number[...]
Dec
7
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all-day 189th Council Virtual Meeting
189th Council Virtual Meeting
Dec 7 – Dec 9 all-day
Date: December 7-9, 2021               Time: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (Hawaii) …………………………………………Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (American Samoa) December 8-10, 2021        …………Time: 7:00 am to[...]
Feb
27
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all-day Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022
Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022
Feb 27 – Mar 4 all-day
Date: Feb. 27-Mar. 3, 2022 Location: Honolulu, HI Visit www.aslo.org/osm2022 to learn more.
Mar
15
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all-day 143rd Scientific and Statistical...
143rd Scientific and Statistical...
Mar 15 – Mar 17 all-day
Date: March 15-17, 2022 Location: TBD
Mar
22
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all-day 190th Council Meeting Virtual
190th Council Meeting Virtual
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day
Date: March 22-24, 2022 Location: TBD
May
17
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all-day Council Coordination Committee M...
Council Coordination Committee M...
May 17 – May 19 all-day
Date: May 17-19, 2022 Location: Annapolis, Maryland
Jun
14
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all-day 144th Scientific and Statistical...
144th Scientific and Statistical...
Jun 14 – Jun 16 all-day
Date: June 14-16, 2022 Location: TBD
Jun
21
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all-day 191st Council Meeting Virtual
191st Council Meeting Virtual
Jun 21 – Jun 24 all-day
Date: June 21-23, 2022 Location: TBD
Aug
15
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all-day 7th National Scientific Coordina...
7th National Scientific Coordina...
Aug 15 – Aug 17 all-day
Date: August 15-17, 2022 Location: Sitka, AK

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.