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National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Notice of public meeting.
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold the Second Meeting of its Protected Species Advisory Committee (PSAC) in Honolulu, HI. The PSAC will receive updates on fishery management actions and protected species activities, review protected species interactions in the Hawaii longline fishery, discuss monitoring of Fishery Ecosystem Plans (FEP) through annual reports, and review the Council's research priorities related to protected species. The PSAC may make recommendations on these topics.
The PSAC meeting will be held between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on May 27-28, 2015.
The meeting will be held at the Council Office Conference Room, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI; telephone: (808) 522-8220.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director; telephone: (808) 522-8220.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Public comment opportunity will be provided. The order in which agenda items are addressed may change. The meetings will run as late as necessary to complete scheduled business.
9 a.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2015
1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Approval of Agenda
3. Status of the First Protected Species Advisory Committee Meeting Recommendations
4. Fishery Management Updates
A. Recent Council Actions
i. American Samoa Large Vessel Prohibited Area Temporary Exemption
ii. Other Pelagic Fisheries Actions
iii. Insular Fisheries Actions
B. Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 Consultations
i. Overview of Section 7 Consultations
ii. Biological Opinion for the Hawaii Deep-set Longline Fishery and Related Marine Mammal Protection Act Permit
iii. Consultation for the American Samoa Longline Fishery
iv. Consultations on Corals and Scalloped Hammerhead Shark
5. Protected Species Updates
A. Council Protected Species Activities Update
B. NMFS Protected Species Activities Update
C. Green Turtle Status Review and Proposed Rule
D. Humpback Whale Status Review and Proposed Rule
6. Review of Protected Species Interactions in the Hawaii Longline Fishery
A. Overview of Protected Species Interactions
B. Fishing Effort and Spatial Trends
C. Sea Turtle Interactions
i. Observed and Expanded Interactions
ii. Sea Turtle Abundance Trends
iii. ESA Consultation Analyses
D. Seabird Interactions
i. Observed and Expanded Interactions
ii. Albatross Abundance Trends
iii. Ongoing Research to Assess Seabird Catch Rates
E. Discussion on Interaction Trends and Analysis Needs
7. Public Comment
9 a.m., Thursday, May 28, 2015
8. Monitoring the Fishery Ecosystem Plans (FEP) through Annual ReportsStart Printed Page 26546
A. Annual Report Outline and Review Schedules
B. Considerations for Monitoring Protected Species Interactions
C. Statistical Control Chart Approach for Monitoring Protected Species Interactions
D. Discussion on Effective Monitoring of Protected Species under the FEP Annual Reports
9. Council's Research Priorities
A. Five-year Research Priorities
B. Cooperative Research Priorities
10. Public Comment
11. Committee Discussion and Recommendations
12. Other Business & Next Meeting
These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kitty M. Simonds, (808) 522-8220 (voice) or (808) 522-8226 (fax), at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.Start Signature
Dated: May 5, 2015.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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