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Ban On Longliners Using Wire Leaders Takes Effect Next Month To Protect Sharks Wikimedia Commons

Ban On Longliners Using Wire Leaders Takes Effect Next Month To Protect Sharks

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will officially implement its prohibition on the use of wire leaders at the ends of fishing lines starting May 31.

Palauans Are Protesting A Plan To Roll Back Their National Marine Sanctuary Flickr: LuxTonnerre

Palauans Are Protesting A Plan To Roll Back Their National Marine Sanctuary

Community members are concerned about the lack of consultation, the focus on money and the surprising support of a major environmental nonprofit.

From Fishermen To Rugby Players, Climate Change Has Become A Fact Of Life In Fiji Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2017

From Fishermen To Rugby Players, Climate Change Has Become A Fact Of Life In Fiji

The Pacific island nation was the first to relocate a community due to the effects of a warming planet. The struggle continues as families learn to adapt.

NOAA Keeps Deploying Fishery Observers But With Limits Amid Pandemic

NOAA Keeps Deploying Fishery Observers But With Limits Amid Pandemic

The NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office maintained full observer coverage of swordfish but had to temporarily cease observer coverage in American Samoa.

Federal Fishery Managers Get Creative To Help Hawaii’s Tuna Fishermen Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Federal Fishery Managers Get Creative To Help Hawaii’s Tuna Fishermen

The longline fleet relies on U.S. Pacific Island territories to go beyond its base catch limit for bigeye. Now one of the three territories won’t sign the deal.

The Future For Fishing: Managing A Lucrative Resource In The Face Of Climate Change Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Future For Fishing: Managing A Lucrative Resource In The Face Of Climate Change

Congressional leaders are considering ways to make the nation’s primary fisheries management law more effective as the planet warms.

Study: Monument Expansion Cut Into Profits For Some Fishermen Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Study: Monument Expansion Cut Into Profits For Some Fishermen

The tuna longliners in Hawaii who previously fished near Papahanaumokuakea had to find new fishing grounds after it was expanded.

Study: Marine Monuments Aren’t Hurting Hawaii’s Tuna Fishermen Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Study: Marine Monuments Aren’t Hurting Hawaii’s Tuna Fishermen

The commercial longline industry made more money after the feds expanded the protected areas around Papahanaumokuakea and the Pacific Remote Islands.

Feds To Audit Wespac’s Handling Of Pacific Tuna Fund Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Feds To Audit Wespac’s Handling Of Pacific Tuna Fund

The move by the inspector general comes after a Civil Beat investigation and request from four congressmen.

NOAA Keeps Deploying Fishery Observers But With Limits Amid Pandemic

NOAA Keeps Deploying Fishery Observers But With Limits Amid Pandemic

The NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office maintained full observer coverage of swordfish but had to temporarily cease observer coverage in American Samoa.

Federal Fishery Managers Get Creative To Help Hawaii’s Tuna Fishermen Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Federal Fishery Managers Get Creative To Help Hawaii’s Tuna Fishermen

The longline fleet relies on U.S. Pacific Island territories to go beyond its base catch limit for bigeye. Now one of the three territories won’t sign the deal.

The Future For Fishing: Managing A Lucrative Resource In The Face Of Climate Change Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Future For Fishing: Managing A Lucrative Resource In The Face Of Climate Change

Congressional leaders are considering ways to make the nation’s primary fisheries management law more effective as the planet warms.

Study: Monument Expansion Cut Into Profits For Some Fishermen Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Study: Monument Expansion Cut Into Profits For Some Fishermen

The tuna longliners in Hawaii who previously fished near Papahanaumokuakea had to find new fishing grounds after it was expanded.

Study: Marine Monuments Aren’t Hurting Hawaii’s Tuna Fishermen Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Study: Marine Monuments Aren’t Hurting Hawaii’s Tuna Fishermen

The commercial longline industry made more money after the feds expanded the protected areas around Papahanaumokuakea and the Pacific Remote Islands.

Feds To Audit Wespac’s Handling Of Pacific Tuna Fund Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Feds To Audit Wespac’s Handling Of Pacific Tuna Fund

The move by the inspector general comes after a Civil Beat investigation and request from four congressmen.

Sea Turtles For Swordfish? Feds May Lift Cap On Endangered Species Courtesy: NOAA

Sea Turtles For Swordfish? Feds May Lift Cap On Endangered Species

Wespac has proposed easing federal regulations on the incidental entangling of loggerhead turtles by commercial longliners.

‘Devastation’ Discovered In Deep Sea From Industrial Fishing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Devastation’ Discovered In Deep Sea From Industrial Fishing

But without a $2 million donation, it may be the last expedition for the Hawaii-based research submarines and support vessel that conducted the study.

The Odd Story Of How A NOAA Scientist Calculated A Giant Marlin’s Age NOAA

The Odd Story Of How A NOAA Scientist Calculated A Giant Marlin’s Age

A tiny ear structure that weighs less than a grain of rice held the secret to a 1,200-pound fish’s age.