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Public invited to fishery council meeting 

THE Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is inviting the public to participate in its 174th meeting at 8 a.m. today, Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Fiesta Resort & Spa.

Sylvia Spalding, the fishery council’s communications officer, said they are hoping that people from the community will join the exchange of ideas on how to manage the marine resources in the CNMI.

She said they will also talk about the $250,000 provided by the fishery council to implement the CNMI fisheries training and demonstration program; the initiative to require mandatory reporting of fish catches;  among other related topics.

“The public has to come,” Spalding said. “We want to find out from the fishermen and other people who are interested in the ocean — what the problems are and what solutions they want to propose. Their ideas will be reviewed by the council so it can make informed regulations.”

She said the fishery council encourages community members to take part in the decision-making process because “they know the problems, they know what the solutions are — we don’t want to make regulations which they will be complaining about later.”

The CNMI coordinator for the fishery council, Jack Ogumoro, said getting input from the community will help the council develop measures to better manage and protect ocean resources.

The council is one of eight regional councils established under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act  in 1976 to manage offshore fisheries.

The council also manages domestic fisheries based in the U.S. Pacific Islands that operate on the high seas.