WESTERN PACIFIC REGIONAL FISHERY
MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
MEETING OF THE NATIVE AND INDIGENOUS
RIGHTS
ADVISORY PANEL, APRIL 19-20, 1999



DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS



1) Amend the Council's Statement of Organization Practices and procedures to require the Council Chairman to consult with the members of an Advisory Panel as well as the Executive Committee prior to appointing that Advisory Panel's Chairperson.

2) Send the attached resolution from the Advisory Panel to the Secretary of Commerce and Congressional members expressing disappointment in the Secretary's decision regarding the American Samoa area closure and recommending that this decision be reversed.

3) Initiate efforts to amend the Endangered Species Act so that a take of green sea turtles for cultural purposes is allowed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

4.) Request NMFS to compile information on the research that is being conducted in each island area regarding the biological condition of green sea turtle populations and distribute to each panel member.

5) Require all foreign vessels and all fishing vessels greater that 50 ft in length that enter the EEZ of any US Pacific island carry onboard a Council-endorsed vessel monitoring system.

6) Send a letter to the Congressional members requesting that the indigenous people of the US Pacific islands be allowed access to all shoreline areas currently used by the US military for recreational purposes and other federall controlled shoreline or aquatic areas where access has been unfairly denied.

7) Based on spiritual considerations, the panel finds that allowing the waste and cruelty associated with the practice of shark finning to continue is inconsistent with traditional Native Hawaiian religious beliefs and may violate the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

8) The Advisory Panel concurs with the recommendation of the Ecosystem and Habitat Advisory Panel that detailed mapping information remain available to any interested party, but additional effort to disseminate it broadly, such as in newsletters and inter-net sites, should be discouraged.

9) The Advisory Panel concurs with the recommendation of the Ecosystem and Habitat Advisory Panel that sufficient insurance or a bond be required for vessels operating in Habitat Areas of  Particular Concern to cover the cost related to potential removal.

10) Compile a list of agencies that are available to assist eligible communities in planninf and financing of Western Community Development Programs and Demonstration Projects.

11) Concur with the Pelagics Fishery Advisory Panel to establish 30 longline permits for a Native Hawaiian community-based economic development program, without exceeding the existing number of permits in the limited entry program. This allocation of permits will in no way diminish
Kuleana rights.

12) Council set aside for a Native Hawaiian community development program 20 percent of the annual harvest guideline for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands lobster fishery.

13) Change the name of the Advisory Panel to "Fishery Rights of Indigenous People", to match the name of the Council's Standing Committee.

14) Require that the Magnuson-Stevens Act be amended to require that representatives of the indigenous peoples of the Western Pacific be appointed to the Council. These representatives should be individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to protecting and promoting the
interests, including fishing rights and interests of the indigenous peoples.

15) Concur with the recommendation of the Pelagics Fishery Advisory Panel to recommend to the DLNR to explore a minimum size of Aku for commercial sale because of fishermen's concern about the exploitation of juvenille fish.

16) Concur with the recommendations of the Pelagics Fishery Advisory Panel to evaluate the potential effects to the fisheries of the CO2 sequestration in the Pacific Ocean, with particular concern on Keahole Point, Hawaii, where experiments are planned for the summer of the year
2000.

17) Strongly encourage island Governments to re-establish or preserve the integrity of all nearshore marine ecosystems in recognition that human activities have contributed to the pollution of the nearshore waters of island states; that the diversion of surface waters and the pumping of ground water have caused severe reduction of coastal discharges into the nearshore waters of island states; that these conditions have adversely impacted the integrity of nearshore marine ecosystems; and that these nearshore marine ecosystems contribute substantially to the well being of pelagic marine species.

18) Prohibit fishing for pelagic species by purse seine gear in the EEZ around Hawaii.

19) Periodically inform members of the Advisory Panel of the status of all panel recommendations.




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