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Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council

Longtime Wespac Executive Director Kitty Simonds
Honolulu, Hawaii — Days after taking office, President Joe Biden signed a sweeping new executive order to conserve 30% of the nation’s total land area and 30% of all waters it controls by 2030.  It’s not yet known how the so-called “30 by 30” plan — a bold if daunting goal to protect more of the...
Council chairman and also American Samoa Council member, Totasi Archie Soliai and Council executive director Kitty M. Simonds
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council has informed US President Trump that fishing restrictions in the Pacific national marine monuments are — among other things — impeding StarKist tuna cannery in American Samoa from operating at optimal levels. The...
Participants at listening session
HONOLULU —The seventh stop of a nationwide listening tour on fisheries management issues was held this past Friday in Honolulu. Initiated by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), chair of the House Subcommittee on Waters, Ocean and Wildlife, the session was hosted by Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawai'i) with Huffman...
Island Fisheries Market
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Commerce Department finally has a tenant operating the Fish Market, inside the Fagatogo Marketplace, and the company has already exported its first fish shipment to the US. The Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council had raised in past meetings the Fish...