Western Pacific Council Considers Changes to Small Boat Fisheries Sector in September
A virtual Fishers Forum in Hawaii started the conversation -- and a mandatory five-year review -- of Hawaii's small-boat fisheries management last week. The subject of possibly opening areas around Hawaii prohibited to longline fishing did not sit well.
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council proposed a discussion of opening the areas and also options of mandatory permitting and reporting in the nearshore areas. The longline closure area around the main Hawaiian islands that extends up to 75 miles offshore may no longer be necessary and...
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