The morning of the vote, before the day’s meeting officially began, members and staff of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council huddled with staff from the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Pacific Islands Regional Office. Wespac executive director Kitty Simonds, NMFS PIRO administrator Mike Tosatto, and Fred Tucher, regional counsel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, did most of the talking, while the others leaned in to listen.
Audience members speculated over what they were discussing so intently. Most likely they were all searching for a way to set a legal, justifiable annual catch limit (ACL) that would . . .
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