Having just recently survived litigation against its rule allowing Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa to each transfer 1,000 metric tons (mt) of their bigeye tuna quotas to the Hawai`i longline fleet, the National Marine Fisheries Service is wary of efforts to tinker with the status quo.
Under standards set by the international Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, bigeye tuna are not only subject to overfishing, but are overfished. NMFS’s management plan for the fish, however, uses a different standard to determine whether a stock is overfished — maximum sustainable yield (MSY . . .
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