Things are looking up for the Hawai‘i deep-set longline fleet, and not just because a new stock assessment for bigeye tuna in the Western and Central Pacific suggests that it is neither overfished nor subject to overfishing.
This past summer, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission bumped up the United States’ Eastern Pacific bigeye tuna catch limit for longline vessels longer than 24 meters from 500 metric tons a year to 750. What’s more, it specified that member countries with specified limits (China, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei, and the United States) may transfer up to 30 percent . . .
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