Howard Dicus spoke to Edwin Ebisui Jr.,Chairman of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council about an important event called "The Fishers Forum".
Fishermen, seafood consumers, seafood retailers and members of the public are invited to learn and share their thoughts with fishery managers, scientists, Hawaii bottomfish fishermen and marine resource enforcement officers
A special guest at the event will be Sam Rauch, NOAA Fisheries' Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs and former Acting Assistant Administrator for Fisheries from the National Marine Fisheries Service's headquarters, in Silver Spring, Maryland
The Fishers Forum on the Future of the Hawaii Bottomfish Fishery is a free, family friendly event and part of the 165th meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. Participants will enjoy refreshments, informational booths and door prizes; view a short video on how the fishery operates; hear from a panel of expert (see agenda); and be invited to ask questions and provide their thoughts and recommendations on how the fishery should be managed and studied; Understanding the history, current science and management and future impacts of the fishery help scientists, managers, fishermen and the seafood industry plan for the future. The expertise of fishermen, the seafood industry, seafood consumers and the public informs and enriches the decision-making process
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