Take Reduction Plan Goes Awry For Insular False Killer Whales

False killer whale. Credit: Robin Baird

Nearly nine years ago, responding to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the National Marine Fisheries Service determined that the insular population of false killer whales around the Main Hawaiian Islands constituted a distinct population segment and merited protection under the Endangered Species Act.

A take reduction plan was developed,
with the expectation that, within six months
of its implementation, fewer animals from
both the pelagic and insular stocks would
be injured or killed as a result of interactions
with longline gear. For the insular stock,
the target was . . .

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