WPRFMC Scientists to Evaluate Prohibiting Wire Leaders in Hawaiʻi Longline Fishery, Consider Catch Limits
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee will meet this week to take action on several items, including consideration of longline gear changes that could help give incidentally caught sharks greater opportunity to survive.
Most vessels in the Hawai‘i deep-set longline fishery use wire leaders in the terminal portion of the branchline between the hook and the weighted swivel to reduce the risk of crew injuries resulting from flyback on the vessel. Wire leaders make it ...
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