Civil Beat Topics

Hawaii Commercial Fishing

War Of Words Escalates As Monument Decision Nears Courtesy: Expand PNMN

War Of Words Escalates As Monument Decision Nears

Supporters of expanding Papahanaumokuakea unveil an ad countering one by opponents of the proposal for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
The Limit’s No Limit: US Tuna Fleet Shells Out Cash To Keep Fishing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Limit’s No Limit: US Tuna Fleet Shells Out Cash To Keep Fishing

Since hitting their bigeye quota in August, Hawaii longliners have made three deals to pay other territories for some of their unused quotas.
Hawaii Rejects Demand For Aquarium Fishing Moratorium Courtesy: Randy Chiu/Flickr

Hawaii Rejects Demand For Aquarium Fishing Moratorium

The Department of Land and Natural Resources says this won't help distressed coral reefs, but other measures might. A management plan is in the works.
‘Pirate Fishing’ Bill Headed to Obama’s Desk Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘Pirate Fishing’ Bill Headed to Obama’s Desk

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz says legislation will help put an end to illegal fishing practices.
At Sea, Merely Observing Can Be Risky Business Dissonante Media

At Sea, Merely Observing Can Be Risky Business

Observers assigned to help make sure Hawaii's fishing fleets follow the rules face the same dangers as fishing crews -- and sometimes dangers from those they observe.
Hawaii Tuna Fishery Reopens, But Judge Could Quickly Close It Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Tuna Fishery Reopens, But Judge Could Quickly Close It

Feds approve a rule to let U.S. longliners exceed their limit on bigeye by reallocating a portion of the catch from elsewhere.
Council Laments Fishery’s Early Closure Allen Shimada/NMFS

Council Laments Fishery’s Early Closure

Wespac blames "arbitrary quotas" for hurting commercial fishing business.
The Mysterious Disappearance of an American Fisheries Observer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Mysterious Disappearance of an American Fisheries Observer

Keith Davis was in an unusual and sometimes dangerous line of work, often spending weeks at sea to make sure fishermen abide by the rules.
Let’s Work Together to Find the Best Answers for Maunalua Bay Kim Ubert/Flickr

Let’s Work Together to Find the Best Answers for Maunalua Bay

We have not been kind to the bay, though it continues to be kind to us. Still, if Maunalua thrives, so do we.  
Commission Should Revisit Longline, Purse Seine Limits for Bigeye Tuna Flickr: Christopher Liang

Commission Should Revisit Longline, Purse Seine Limits for Bigeye Tuna

In the meantime, the National Marine Fisheries Service should not flout those limits with catch rules that are already the subject of a federal lawsuit.
Hawaii’s Hunger for Ahi: Panel Debates Fishing Limits for Bigeye Tuna Allen Shimada/NMFS

Hawaii’s Hunger for Ahi: Panel Debates Fishing Limits for Bigeye Tuna

An Earthjustice attorney, senior Wespac scientist and local businessman share their insights into the industry, current regulations and international impacts.
Ige Signs Rules to Create Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area Larry Loos/Flickr

Ige Signs Rules to Create Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area

The Hawaii governor had been under pressure for months to sign the rules, which were years in the making.