In the months after President Obama expanded the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, catches by commercial longliners didn’t seem to suffer at all. The deep-set longline fleet caught about the same amount of bigeye tuna as it had in the first half of last year. And, as in past years, the fishery met its annual bigeye catch limit for the Western and Central Pacific, as well as its large-vessel catch limit for the Eastern Pacific, well before the end of the year.
What’s more, swordfish catches by shallow-set longline vessels in the first six months of . . .
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