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Permanent Advisory Committee To Advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission; Meeting Announcement

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National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.


Notice of public meeting.


NMFS announces a public meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee (PAC) to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC) on October 10-11, 2019. Meeting topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.


The meeting of the PAC will be held on October 10, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST) (or until business is concluded) and October 11, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. HST (or until business is concluded).


The public meeting will be held at the `Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, 2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815—in the Stingray Meeting Room. Documents to be considered by the PAC will be made available at the meeting.

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Emily Reynolds, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; 1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; telephone: 808-725-5039; facsimile: 808-725-5215; email:

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In accordance with the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.), the Permanent Advisory Committee, or PAC, has been formed to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the WCPFC. The PAC is composed of: (i) Not less than 15 nor more than 20 individuals appointed by the Secretary of Commerce in consultation with the U.S. Commissioners to the WCPFC; (ii) the chair of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council's Advisory Committee (or the chair's designee); and (iii) officials from the fisheries management authorities of American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands (or their designees). The PAC supports the work of the U.S. Start Printed Page 46940National Section to the WCPFC in an advisory capacity. The U.S. National Section is made up of the U.S. Commissioners and the Department of State. NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office provides administrative and technical support to the PAC in cooperation with the Department of State. More information on the WCPFC, established under the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, can be found on the WCPFC website:

Meeting Topics

The PAC meeting topics may include the following: (1) Outcomes of the 2018 Annual Meeting and 2019 sessions of the WCPFC Scientific Committee, Northern Committee, and Technical and Compliance Committee; (2) conservation and management measures for bigeye tuna, yellowfin tuna, skipjack tuna and other species for 2019 and beyond; (3) potential U.S. proposals to WCPFC16; (4) input and advice from the PAC on issues that may arise at WCPFC16; (5) potential proposals from other WCPFC members; and (6) other issues.

Special Accommodations

The meeting location is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Emily Reynolds at 808-725-5039 by September 12, 2019.

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Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6902 et seq.

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Dated: September 3, 2019.

Alan D. Risenhoover,

Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.

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[FR Doc. 2019-19304 Filed 9-5-19; 8:45 am]