Regional Fishery Management Chairs Meeting

The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council is
hosting the Council Coordination Committee (CCC) meeting on Tuesday May
1, 2012 through Thursday May 3, 2012, in Hawaii. The purpose of the
meeting is to enable NMFS and NOAA officials and others to exchange
information with the Regional Fishery Council Chairs and Executive

DATES: The CCC general meeting session will be held on May 1, 2012,
from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., May 2, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on
May 3, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For specific times and agendas, see

ADDRESSES: The CCC meeting will be held at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel
Ballroom, 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Big Island, HI 96743; telephone:
(808) 885-6622.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director;
Council office, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813;
telephone: (808) 522-8220.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The agenda for the CCC general session
meeting will include the items listed here. The order in which agenda
items are addressed may change. The CCC will meet as late as necessary
to complete scheduled business.

Schedule and Agenda for the CCC Meeting

1:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    1. Welcome and Introductions.
    2. Opening Remarks.
    3. Remarks from the Governor.
    4. Council Reports on Status of Implementing Magnuson-Stevens Act
(MSA) Provisions and Other Current Activities of Interest.

8 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2012

    5. Panel Presentation and Discussion on Endangered Species Act
Jeopardy Determination in Fisheries Management--Past, Present and
    6. Panel Discussion.
    7. Litigation.
     a. Regional Fishery Management Council Counsel Representation.
     b. Update on Lawsuits.
    8. Stock Assessments.
     a. Next Generation Stock Assessments and Priorities.
     b. Fisheries and the Environment (FATE).
     c. Advanced Technology.
     d. National Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) IV
     e. Use (or lack thereof) of Best Available Science.
     f. Allocating Resources to Support Assessments.
    9. Bycatch, Cooperative Research, Habitat, 5-year Council Research
Plan--Funding Opportunities for These Programs.
    10. Report on the Success of MPAs for Fisheries.
    11. President Obama's Executive Order on Improving Regulations and
Regulatory Review (E.O. 13563).

8 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2012

    12. Report on Legislation.
    13. Administration's Activities on Coastal and Marine Spatial
Planning and the National Ocean Council.
    14. Marginalization of Fisheries Through Competing Acts/
    15. Communities and Indigenous Issues.
    16. International Fisheries Management.
     a. Leveling the Playing Field for Domestic Fisheries.
     b. Increasing Domestic Production to Reduce Trade Deficits.
     c. Bilateral Agreements (Mexico, Canada, Others).
    17. Budgets.
     a. FY2012 Status of Council Funding.
     b. FY2013 Update.
    18. Communications.
     a. NOAA Fisheries Activities.
     b. Regional Fishery Management Council Coordination Committee
     c. Managing Our Nations Fisheries 3.
    19. Program Review.
     a. Department of Commerce Inspector General Review of NOAA
Fisheries and Fishery Management Councils in Fishery Rule Making
Process and Transparency of Rule Making Process under MSA.
     b. Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Visioning Project.
    20. Administrative Matters.
     a. Freedom of Information Act Requests.
     b. Technology--Virtual Public Hearings/Scoping versus Travel.
     c. Professional Liability.
     d. Other Business and Next Annual CCC Meeting.
    21. Adjourn Meeting.