Responding to a lawsuit and presidential proclamation, the Pacific fishery council is reconsidering what “non-commercial fishing” and “cultural fishing” should mean.
As federal officials sift through public comments on national monuments, supporters of Hawaii commercial fishermen say they merit special consideration.
The group signed a letter emphasizing how protected reserves help the economy and biodiversity.
The government is accepting input on the reconsideration of protections at 29 monuments, including Papahanaumokuakea.
The federal advisory body’s leaders want a five-year delay of the commercial fishing prohibition around Papahanaumokuakea.