Longliners Chafe at Draft Measures to Protect Endangered Sea Turtles

Longliners Chafe at Draft Measures to Protect Endangered Sea Turtles

What the National Marine Fisheries Service had proposed was simply unacceptable to Roger Dang, whose family’s longline vessels make up a significant portion of the Hawai‘i swordfish fleet.

He likened it to the NBA limiting LeBron James to just two technical fouls per season. If James hits that limit, “he’s out of the game, out of the season, and not getting paid,” Dang complained at a meeting of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council last month. The council had convened the meeting to comment on the service’s new draft biological opinion (BiOp) for . . .

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