Leatherback Takes in Hawai‘i Fishery Deemed Acceptable in NMFS Proposal

Can the 1,424 adult leatherback sea turtles that ply the western Pacific withstand the losses resulting from their interactions with gear set by the Hawai‘i-based longline fishing vessels that target swordfish?

A new “internal and deliberative” draft
biological opinion (BiOp) that the National
Marine Fisheries Service has just put out
suggests that, barring some heroic action,
they probably won’t withstand the myriad
threats to its survival, and the fishery is a
relatively minor one.

The service estimates that at most, given the current levels of hooks set by the swordfish fleet . . .

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