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Hawaii’s commercial swordfish fleet shut down for rest of year

Hawaii’s commercial swordfish fleet has been shut down for the rest of the year following a court order aimed at protecting endangered loggerhead sea turtles. The National Marine Fisheries Service closed the Hawaii shallow-set longline fishery in a move heralded Wednesday by conservation groups that sued for the turtle protections. Under the court order the swordfish fishery will close, and a new biological assessment will determine what the limit will be next year. “It’s a good result for all parties,” said Jim Cook, board member with the Hawaii Longline Association. >click to read<10:51

If loggerheads are coming back, are more protections needed? How much does a species have to rebound before being taken off the endangered list?

When the federal government recently designated 68 miles of Cape Fear region coastline as critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles, some local officials questioned the need for more – potentially costly – protections. So the proposed regulation, required under the Endangered Species Act, raises the question: How much does the species have to rebound before being taken off the endangered list? [email protected]08:02:26