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Officials Worry About Baby Monk Seal As Beaches Reopen Courtesy: Hawaii Marine Animal Response

Officials Worry About Baby Monk Seal As Beaches Reopen

Crowded beaches on the holiday weekend could pose risks to a young monk seal spotted along the Kaiwi shoreline.
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/2015

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.
Lawsuit: Feds Failing To Protect Hawaii Waters From Plastics Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat/2019

Lawsuit: Feds Failing To Protect Hawaii Waters From Plastics

Environmental groups say the EPA should have declared the state's coastal waters as "impaired" due to significant plastic waste.
Helicopter Fishing For Ghost Nets In Hawaii Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2020

Helicopter Fishing For Ghost Nets In Hawaii

Nonprofits have banded together to explore a new way of removing abandoned fishing gear before it damages reefs or ensnares whales, dolphins, seals and turtles.
What Are The Long-Term Impacts of Microplastic Pollution in Hawaii? Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat/2019

What Are The Long-Term Impacts of Microplastic Pollution in Hawaii?

The amount of microplastics washing up on Hawaiian beaches is expected to double by 2030.
Oysters Unleashed: A New Hack To Help Clean Hawaii’s Filthy Waters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oysters Unleashed: A New Hack To Help Clean Hawaii’s Filthy Waters

For decades, oysters have helped filter polluted waterways elsewhere. Now, researchers are testing how well those efforts would do in Hawaii.
Ocean Plastic Pollution Prompts Lawsuit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ocean Plastic Pollution Prompts Lawsuit

A nonprofit announced its intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to protect Hawaiian waters.