Council Tries to Keep Rogue Vessels From Closing Entire Swordfish Fishery

If the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) approves recommendations made last month by the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, Hawai`i shallow-set longliners will have to immediately return to port in Honolulu for at least three days if they catch five endangered loggerhead sea turtles in a single trip.

The shallow-set fishery, which targets swordfish, closed on May 8 in accordance with a settlement agreement between NMFS, the Hawai`i Longline Association (HLA), and plaintiffs in a lawsuit over the agency’s 2012 decision to increase the fishery’s annual loggerhead and leatherback sea turtle interaction limits from . . .

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