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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