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The Pacific Islands Regional Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Pacific Islands Regional Office manages programs that support both domestic and international conservation and management of living marine resources within the Pacific. The Pacific Islands Region is comprised of American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, the Northern Mariana Islands, and other U.S. Pacific islands.
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Bottomfish fishery to receive $1,000,000 in fishery disaster relief funds.
As part of the Fiscal Year 2014 federal budget, Congress approved $75 million in fishery disaster relief funds. Read more here.
NOAA Fisheries Regional Office Moving to a New Home at the Inouye Regional Center on Ford Island . NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO) is moving to the brand new NOAA Inouye Regional Center (IRC) at Ford Island beginning February 26, 2014. The move will be completed on March 5, 2014, when we close our present offices at 1601 Kapiolani Boulevard, where we have operated for over 10 years. More...
Check out the Hawaiian Monk Seal Timeline on our website! . View information about the monk seal's history in the Hawaiian archipelago including evidence of interactions in ancient Hawaii, sightings, and protection and recovery efforts for this endangered marine mammal here.
NOAA announces the selection of two sites in the Pacific Islands - Guam and West Hawaii - as the next Habitat Focus Areas under NOAA's Habitat Blueprint. For more information, please see the webpage here.
NOAA Fisheries and its partners expand the Dolphin SMART conservation program in Hawaii to the island of Maui. For more information, please see the PIRO Fishery Bulletin here.
The PIFSC Young Scientist Opportunity (PYSO) program will be accepting applications from aspiring scientists for paid, professional scientific research experience, formal training and mentoring during summer 2014. Application deadline is February 28, 2014.
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NOAA dedicates Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center in Honolulu
Facility will house most of NOAAs Hawai'i presence. Read more here.
NOAA Fisheries makes available to the public its National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 compliance report for Hawaiian monk seal recovery actions. Read more here.
NOAA Fisheries announces a 90-day finding on a petition to list 23 species of corals under the ESA; status review initiated for 3 species: Cantharellus noumeae, Siderastrea glynni, Tubastraea floreana. On July 15, 2013, NOAA Fisheries received a petition from WildEarth Guardians to list 81 species as threatened or endangered and designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act, including 23 coral species. Of the 81 species, only 1 species - the coral Porites eridani - is found in the U.S. Pacific Islands region. On October 25, 2013, NOAA Fisheries published a 90-day finding on the portion of the petition related to the 23 coral species. The finding determined that the petition does not present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for 20 of the 23 species, but does present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the remaining 3 species: Cantharellus noumeae, Siderastrea glynni, and Tubastraea floreana. These three species are thus now considered candidate species, and status reviews will be initiated for them. To ensure that the status reviews are comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial information pertaining to these petitioned species from any interested party. Further details can be found in the 90-day finding, available here.
Please see the Protected Resources Division's ESA Section 4 page for more information here.
NOAA Fisheries annual report on landings released. The 2012 Fisheries of the United States publication is a preliminary report on commercial and final report on recreational fisheries of the United States. A copy of the report is available here.
NOAA Fisheries publishes a final rule to establish annual bigeye tuna catch limits for U.S. pelagic longline fisheries in the western and central Pacific Ocean for 2013-2014. View the final rule in the Federal Register and supporting documentation here. The final rule is effective October 23, 2013. A copy of the Compliance Guide for this final rule is available here.
NOAA Fisheries extends final rulemaking deadline on proposed corals listings. On December 7, 2012, NOAA Fisheries published a proposed rule to list 66 reef-building coral species as threatened or endangered and re-classify two already listed Caribbean coral species from threatened to endangered. The Endangered Species Act allows up to a year to make a final determination on proposed listings. However, during the public comment period, commenters raised questions and provided varied, often conflicting, information regarding the species and the available data on which NOAA's proposal was based. After reviewing the information submitted during the public comment period, NOAA Fisheries is extending the deadline for the proposed rule from December 2013 to June 2014. The 6-month extension will be used to gather additional data from experts in the field to inform the final rule and resolve conflicts identified during the review of public comments. Any additional data and information received as a result of this extension will be posted on the NOAA Fisheries website no later than November 2013. The 6-month extension will help ensure the final listing determinations are based on the best available information. View the published corals 6-month extension notice here. For more information, please visit our Coral page.
Bishop Museum, Honolulu
Sunday, March 16, 2014
9am to 3pm
Waikiki Aquarium 110th Anniversary Celebration
Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
9am to 1pm
Hawaii Ocean Expo 2014
Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, Honolulu
Saturday, April 5 - 9am to 7pm
Sunday, April 6 - 9am to 5pm