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National Marine Fisheries Service

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HONOLULU — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council voted to defer action on the rebuilding plan for the federally managed bottomfish complex in American Samoa at its virtual meeting yesterday in Honolulu.  In February 2020, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) informed the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposes to require the use of electronic logbooks in Hawaii pelagic longline fisheries and on Class C and D vessels in the American Samoa pelagic longline fishery. “This proposed rule is intended to reduce human error,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Attorneys representing the Territory of American Samoa — through ASG and the Governor’s Office —  are asking the United States Supreme Court to approve its “writ of certiorari” to review a federal appeal’s court ruling, which reversed a lower court decision dealing with...
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Hagåtña, GUAM — Federal officials did not consult Guam and other territories before designating shallow nearshore areas of Pacific islands as critical coral habits, and now senators are asking that the move be halted until they can have input.  In November, the National Marine Fisheries Service...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Following a request from fisheries officials in the US Pacific territories and others, the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has — again — extended the public comment period, for its proposed rule, to designate critical habitat for seven threatened corals in U....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US-based Center for Biological Diversity has raised several issues over a proposed federal rule to eliminate swordfish trip limits in the American Samoa Pelagic Longline Fishery. The Center’s concerns have reignited complaints from those in the local longline fishery...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — Before its 3-day virtual meeting closed last week, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council agenda looked at a rebuilding plan for American Samoa bottomfish. The most recent National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) stock assessment for the fishery indicates that...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “There is currently no reliable measure of individual number of fishermen in the American Samoa bottom fish fishery,” wrote Kitty M. Simonds, executive director of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). “...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Territory of American Samoa — through the American Samoa Government — has accused the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of refusing to acknowledge the Deeds of Cession which constitute “other applicable [federal] law” and has treated the Deeds “with utter...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The legal battle over the reduction of the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) in territorial waters, filed by ASG is finally moving forward. The battle is between the Territory of American Samoa and the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), with NMFS arguing that...

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