(HONOLULU) – Executive Committee members of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council extend their condolences to the family of the Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, who passed away Monday in Maryland. Council Chair William Aila (Hawai`i), Arnold Palacios (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Ed Ebisui (Hawai`i), William Sword (American Samoa), Michael Duenas (Guam) and Council Executive Director Kitty Simonds noted how valuable Sen. Inouye was to fisheries conservation, management and development in Hawai`i and the other US Pacific Islands in the region.
“Senator Inouye was truly a giant of a public servant for not only Hawai`i but for all of the US Pacific Islands for decades,” Palacios said.
“He was instrumental in the passage of the Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 1976, which was the precursor of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA),” Simonds added. He also supported amendments to the MSA that added tuna, a resource of extreme importance to Pacific islanders, as a federally managed species in 1990 and that recognized US Pacific Islands indigenous communities and their special knowledge and relationship with fishery resources in several sections of the 1996 and 2006 reauthorization of the Act.
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council was established by Congress to manage fisheries in offshore waters around Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Pacific remote island areas. Recommendations made by the Council are transmitted to the Secretary of Commerce for final approval. For more information or the Council, visit www.wpcouncil.org or contact the Council at firstname.lastname@example.org; phone (808) 522-8220, or fax (808) 522-8226.