Hawaii Tuna Fishery Reopens, But Judge Could Quickly Close It

wpfmc press releaseDespite pending litigation and concerns about disrupting international agreements, the U.S. government has decided Hawaii’s longline fishing fleet can reel in an extra 1,000 tons of bigeye tuna by making payments one of the Pacific island territories. The National Marine Fisheries Service plans to publish a rule Wednesday that sets a 2,000-ton limit on bigeye for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and allows the territory to allocate up to half of its quota to the U.S. “in exchange for payments to support responsible fisheries development.” Read the rest here 10:58

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