Fisheries Council Staff Envisions Return Of Commercial Bottomfishing to NWHI

posted in: July 2017 | 0

Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Wespac) executive director Kitty Simonds isn’t just pushing for commercial longlining to return to the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument expansion area established by President Barack Obama late last year. She’s made it clear she’s also hoping the Trump administration will open the door for bottomfish fishing to return to the waters within the original monument area, which extends 50 nautical miles around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Simonds and staffer Eric Kingma have suggested at recent meetings that such a scenario is possible since the council never moved to repeal any of its . . .

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