Turning Turtle


A de-hooked loggerhead sea turtle about to be released. Credit: NOAA

In their pursuit of prized swordfish, Hawai‘i longline fishers have killed untold numbers of endangered and threatened sea turtles with the blessing of the National Marine Fisheries Service. A few years ago, the agency determined that with the fleet under tighter fishing restrictions, the death toll is now too low to jeopardize the turtles’ ongoing survival.

But that determination has been challenged and found wanting by a three-judge panel of an appellate court, throwing into question whether the swordfish fishery can continue on with business as usual until a new biological opinion is finalized – a process that could take months.


TMT Decision Is Appealed to High Court

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The decision of the Board of Land and Natural Resources to permit the Thirty-Meter Telescope to be built near the summit of Mauna Kea has been appealed to the state Supreme Court. The... READ MORE