In late 2011, Hawai`i longliners were about to reach their catch limit of bigeye tuna under an international quota system on the cusp of the busy holiday season. Congress rushed in and saved the day by passing a law allowing the longline fishery to continue catching bigeye through the end of the year by saying that whatever was caught beyond the international quota would be chalked up to the unused quota allocated in the same international system to one or another U.S. territory in the Pacific.
That quota transfer eventually became enshrined in federal regulations governing the Hawai . . .
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