A new stock assessment by the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) suggests that the Main Hawaiian Islands bottomfish restricted fishing areas (BRFAs) established two decades ago, when stocks were thought to be in deep peril, could be downsized — or perhaps even eliminated, which is something the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council has advocated for years.
While it remains to be seen whether the state Department of Land and Natural Resources will completely abandon its BRFAs, the bottomfish stock . . .
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