NMFS Heeds Council Recommendation On Turtle Take Limits for Swordfish Trips

NMFS Heeds Council Recommendation On Turtle Take Limits for Swordfish Trips

posted in: August 2019 | 0

Did it fall short, or go too far?

The National Marine Fisheries Service’s recently completed biological opinion (BiOp) for the Hawai‘i swordfish longline fishery would allow individual vessels to hook more endangered loggerhead and leather back sea turtles in a given year than would have been allowed under a draft opinion released months earlier.

Among the conservation measures proposed in the draft BiOp was an annual vessel limit of two leatherbacks. The measure was aimed at targeting those vessels that seemed to be hooking a disproportionately large number of turtles compared to the . . .

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