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Hawaii Commercial Fishing

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.

How Wespac Is Twisting Words To Allow More Fishing Courtesy of Wespac

How Wespac Is Twisting Words To Allow More Fishing

Responding to a lawsuit and presidential proclamation, the Pacific fishery council is reconsidering what “non-commercial fishing” and “cultural fishing” should mean.