American Samoa – Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele has been appointed to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.

She was among 20 new and returning members named by the US Secretary of Commerce yesterday to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA Fisheries to manage ocean fish stocks. Dr. Tuia Poumele begins her three-year term on August 11. Also reappointed to the council is Taulapapa William Sword who has been an active member of the board for several years. The Western Pacific Council includes members from American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. [email protected]

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