Hawaii Longliners Find Scientific Committee Support for Monofilament Leaders
The Hawaii longline fleet is taking a bite out of criticism of the industry: Fishermen are voluntarily switching to monofilament leaders to help preserve oceanic whitetip shark populations.
The proposal also garnered early support from the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee last week.
The Hawaii longline fishery is among the most comprehensively managed in the world, according to a press release from the Hawaii Longline Association. With around 140 active vessels based out of Honolulu Harbor, the fleet is highly ...
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