The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Wespac) is moving to lift measures, in place for more than a decade, that require the Hawai‘i shallow-set longline fleet, which targets swordfish, to stop fishing if it hits its annual limit of loggerhead and/ or leatherback sea turtle takes. Both species are federally listed as endangered.
Since 2004, as a result of a court battle over the Hawai‘i swordfish fishery’s ever-increasing catches of the rare sea turtles throughout the 1990s, the fleet has been subject to the caps, which are aimed at protecting listed species from jeopardy. The . . .
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