For years, environmental groups and some members of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) have groused about the Hawai`i longline fleet being allowed to skirt its international bigeye tuna quota by attributing some of its catch to U.S. Pacific island territories.
In 2014, the Conservation Council for Hawai`i, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Turtle Island Restoration Network sued the National Marine Fisheries Service in federal court, seeking a ruling that would end the practice. But on December 23, U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi denied their plea, stating in her decision that despite . . .
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