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Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

In a series of recent articles and an editorial, the Honolulu Civil Beat made several allegations against the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, creating a false impression that Council members and staff operate with “limited oversight” and violate federal law. The Civil Beat...
Kitty Simonds testifing
Honolulu, HAWAII — In the past 10 years, millions of dollars have flowed through an obscure federal fund aimed at supporting commercial tuna fishermen in Hawaii and three U.S. Pacific island territories. But limited oversight, a process of awarding contracts mostly behind closed doors and a...
Honolulu, HAWAII — In the past 10 years, millions of dollars have flowed through an obscure federal fund aimed at supporting commercial tuna fishermen in Hawaii and three U.S. Pacific island territories. But limited oversight, a process of awarding contracts mostly behind closed doors and a...
American Samoa Community College students Fuamai Ativalu Tago and Alphina Sifaleula Liusamoa are pictured with their parents, along with Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources director, Va’amua Henry Sesepasara (far left) and Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council local official Nate Ilaoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two ASCC students and their parents along with Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources director, Va’amua Henry Sesepasara and Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council local official Nate Ilaoa came together for the official announcement that the two are...
US longline fleet based in American Samoa.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tautai-o-Samoa Longline & Fishing Association president, Christinna Lutu-Sanchez has told the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council the reasons behind the decision by the US longline fleet based in American Samoa, to decline participation in the...
Chairman Taotasi Archie Soliai; Council executive director Kitty Simonds; and Rear Admiral Kevin Lunday, commander of the Honolulu-based 14th District of the US Coast Guard
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council concluded their three-day 176th Council Meeting in Honolulu yesterday after dealing since Tuesday with a mixed bag of good and bad news about the future of fisheries in Hawai'i and the US Pacific islands. The Council...
Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council logo
Honolulu, HAWAII — On the last day of 2018, President Trump signed into law the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act (S. 1520), also known as the Modern Fish Act. The bill, which had been stagnant since its introduction in 2017, was pushed through by the efforts of the same coalition...
 [l-r] the newly appointed Council chairman and also American Samoa Council member, Taotasi Archie Soliai; Council executive director Kitty M. Simonds; American Samoa Council member Christinna Lutu-Sanchez; and the Council’s late chairman, Edwin A. Ebisui Jr. - who passed away earlier this year in July
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This June 2017 photo from the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council shows, [l-r] the newly appointed Council chairman and also American Samoa Council member, Taotasi Archie Soliai; Council executive director Kitty M. Simonds; American Samoa Council member...
Serving Blue Marlin Tempura at the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council's booth during the 2003 NOAA Fish Fry are (l-r) Council Executive Director Kitty Simonds, Secretary of Commerce Donald Evens, NOAA Administrator Conrad C. Lautenbacher and Honolulu Chef Russel Siu.
HONOLULU — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is disappointed that America's seafood consumers may soon be deprived of sustainably harvested domestic marlin products should President Trump sign legislation to prohibit interstate commerce of billfish (not including swordfish)...
Alassio, ITALY — If you hate those salted fishy slivers on pizza, Giuseppe Cormaci has encouraging news. Mediterranean anchovies tanked this year. But that means you won’t find much succulent sea bass, branzino, let alone bluefin tuna. Try, perhaps, linguine alle jellyfish? “The anchovy catch is...

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