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Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

American Samoa 2022 Lunar Calendar
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is pleased to announce the availability of the 2022 traditional lunar calendars for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam and Hawaiʻi. The Council has produced traditional lunar calendars...
Super alia rendering
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The “American Samoa Island Report”, prepared by staff of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, shows that the ASG Procurement Office has awarded the contract to build four “Super Alia” or “Alia Tele” for this project to a Washington state-based company...
DMWR Director and Council Chair Archie Soliai
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has endorsed their Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) recommendation to use a single-species, age-structured management approach for the next American Samoa bottomfish stock assessment scheduled for 2023. The...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The “American Samoa Island Report” prepared by staff of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, gives a grim picture of locally based alia when it comes to commercial fishing. According to the report, submitted to this week’s 189th Meeting of the Council...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After reviewing a workshop report on American Samoa bottomfish data evaluation, The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council supported a single-species management approach for the next stock assessment...
Fishing boat docked
Honolulu, HAWAII — Scientists will meet this week — Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 2021 — to provide advice and comments to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council on tropical tuna annual catch limits, American Samoa bottonfish data, and other topics. The meeting will be held virtually and is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council announces the following public meetings on fisheries management in offshore waters of American Samoa (AS). Unless otherwise noted, the meetings will be held by web conference. Host sites are subject to local and...
Kitty Simonds and Taotasi Archie Soliai,
Honolulu, HAWAII —  Since 2006, Kitty Simonds has used her position and the resources available to her as executive director of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council to organize and facilitate a fierce resistance to the establishment or expansion of marine monuments. While the...
Three alia boats tethered to shore
HONOLULU — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council recommended this week that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) implement a 5,000-pound annual catch limit (ACL) for the American Samoa bottomfish stock complex. According to a 2019 NMFS assessment, the 11-species bottomfish...
Two types of bottombishing gear, electric and hand line
HONOLULU — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council will meet virtually on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, and take final action on the American Samoa Bottomfish Rebuilding plan. The agenda, background documents and instructions for connecting to the meeting and providing oral public...

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