FISHERIES MANAGERS RECOMMENDATION FOR AMERICAN PACIFIC

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce must approve suggestions

By Tina Mata’afa

PAGO PAGO, America Samoa (Samoa News, April 1, 2009)—Federal managers responsible for fisheries in American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) have submitted their recommendations for the U.S. Pacific fisheries.

These recommendations will go to the Secretary of Commerce for final approval, according to a press statement issued by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC) Monday.

The recommendations come several days after the managers that comprise the WPRFMC convened in American Samoa for its 144th meeting last week.

Local representatives in the Council are: vice chair Stephen Haleck, business entrepreneur; Talaupapa William Sword, recreational fisherman; and Director of the Department of Marine & Wildlife Resources, Ufagafa Ray Tulafono.

Lauvao and Talaupapa were appointed by the Secretary of Commerce from nominees selected by the territory, while Ufagafa is a designated state official.

For public awareness, the Samoa News provides the following from the WPRFMC press release:

FAGATELE BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

The Fagatele Bay was selected as a sanctuary site in 1986 to serve as a natural laboratory to observe the bay’s recovery from crown-of-thorn starfish and typhoon events.

The Sanctuary is now reviewing its management plan and initiating discussions on possible site expansion.

BIGEYE TUNA QUOTA RECOMMENDATIONS

PURSE SEINE FISHING RECOMMENDATIONS

A.S. LONGLINE-GREEN SEA TURTLE INTERACTIONS RECOMMENDATIONS

AS AND SAMOA COLLABORATION

Council staff will explore options for collaboration between American and independent Samoa regarding bottomfish stocks, management of the albacore fishery, and import/export patterns.

SPECIES RANKING FOR RISK TO OVERFISHING AND/OR IMPACTS TO OVERFISHING

MARINE EDUCATION AND TRAINING (MET) PROGRAM

PACIFIC MARINE NATIONAL MONUMENTS

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