WPRFMC: BiOp Shows Hawai'i Longline Swordfish Fishery Poses No Jeopardy to Sea Turtles
The National Marine Fisheries Service issued a biological opinion last week that shows the Hawai'i shallow-set longline fishery does not jeopardize loggerhead or leatherback sea turtles, according to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.
The Council deferred making final recommendations on the management of loggerhead and leatherback sea turtle interactions in the fishery three times since October 2018 as it awaited the final document. It again deferred action as the 500-page document was provided to Council members only 30 minutes...
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