The NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office maintained full observer coverage of swordfish but had to temporarily cease observer coverage in American Samoa.
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.
Congressional leaders are considering ways to make the nation’s primary fisheries management law more effective as the planet warms.
The tuna longliners in Hawaii who previously fished near Papahanaumokuakea had to find new fishing grounds after it was expanded.
The commercial longline industry made more money after the feds expanded the protected areas around Papahanaumokuakea and the Pacific Remote Islands.
The move by the inspector general comes after a Civil Beat investigation and request from four congressmen.
Wespac has proposed easing federal regulations on the incidental entangling of loggerhead turtles by commercial longliners.
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.
A tiny ear structure that weighs less than a grain of rice held the secret to a 1,200-pound fish’s age.