Neither the expansion of marine monuments nor the strict bigeye tuna quotas set by international fishing organizations have stopped Hawai‘i’s deep-set longline fleet from growing. Last year, the fishery had a record number of active vessels, 145, which together set a record number of hooks, 53 million, mostly on the high seas. But despite a favorable stock assessment last year that suggested the Western and Central Pacific stock of bigeye was neither overfished nor subject to overfishing, and despite the wishes of its executive director Kitty Simonds, the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Wespac) last month voted . . .
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