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Federally-mandated observers
placed on Hawaii longline fishing trips
to document and assist in reducing
the impacts of protected species inter-
(Terms and conditions of NMFS
Biological Opinions)
Vessels registered with Hawaii
longline limited access permits must
carry vessel monitoring system trans-
mitters (VMS) for real-time tracking.
Hawaii’s fishery was the first application
of this satellite technology in U.S.
fisheries regulation.
(NOAA rule 59
FR 58789)
FAO adopts the Code of Conduct
for Responsible Fisheries
Shark finning (retaining only
the fins) was prohibited
(US Public Law
106-557, Hawaii Law HRS 188-405)
Federally-mandated observer
coverage increased to minimum of
20% of Hawaii longline tuna fishing trips
(NMFS Biological Opinion)
Closure of the Hawaii swordfish
longline fishery because of sea turtle
(Pelagics FMP Regulatory
Amendment 1 implementing NOAA
Biological Opinion)
Seabird mitigation measures
required in Hawaii longline fisheries
(Pelagics FMP Regulatory Amendment 5,
Pelagics FMP Framework Measure 2)
“Overfishing” is defined and a
control rule is established for stocks
managed under Pelagics FMP.
FMP Amendment 8)
Hawaii swordfish longline
fishery re-opened with 100% observer
coverage, restrictions on hook and
bait types and annual limits on fishing
effort and fishery interactions with
loggerhead and leatherback turtles.
Annual protected species training for
vessel operators is required.
FMP Regulatory Amendment 3)
Pacific bigeye tuna catch limits
established to eliminate overfishing
in the WCPFC and IATTC management
areas. To comply, Hawaii longline
fishery catch limits have been proposed
by NOAA and the final rule is pending
and implementation/enforcement
is expected in the 2009 season.
Hawaii longline fishing with NOAA observers aboard
Photos: NOAA Observer Program