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Fisheries council to meet in American Samoa

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 7:38 a.m. HST, Mar 8, 2013

The federal body responsible for managing fisheries around Hawaii and other U.S. islands in the Pacific is meeting next week in American Samoa.

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council plans to discuss the potential overfishing of albacore tuna fisheries in American Samoa.

Also on the agenda is the accidental hooking of an endangered rare dolphin called false killer whale by the Hawaii-based longline fishery. Council members will discuss a proposal to list dozens of coral species as endangered or threatened.

The meeting in Pago Pago will open with a traditional ava, or kava, ceremony presented by the Office of Samoan Affairs.

The council is one of eight regional bodies charged with preventing overfishing, minimizing accidental hookings and protecting fish stocks and habitat.

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