In Hawaii, National Marine Fisheries Service relaxes bycatch limits on endangered sea turtles

The National Marine Fisheries Service has relaxed its limitson the number of endangered sea turtles that can be captured and possibly killed by Hawaiian swordfish fishermen using a long hooked fishing line. Fishermen are now allowed to catch 16 leatherback sea turtles and 17 North Pacific loggerhead sea turtles. In November the leatherback catch can go up to 26, more than a 60 percent increase, and the loggerhead catch to 34, about a 100 percent increase.

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