At the rate the Hawai`i longline fleet is catching bigeye tuna, it may, for the second year in a row, reach its annual catch limit for the Western and Central Pacific well before the year’s end. If that happens, it will once more need the U.S. territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and/or American Samoa to chip in 1,000 metric tons each from their tuna quotas to keep its vessels at sea through December.
At last month’s meeting of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, industry experts suggested that . . .
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