False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan; Closure of Southern Exclusion Zone
NOAA Fisheries is closing the Southern Exclusion Zone (SEZ) to deep-set longline fishing for vessels registered under the Hawaii longline limited access program, because the fishery reached the established annual trigger of two observed false killer whale mortalities or serious injuries (M&SI) within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around Hawaii. The SEZ will remain closed until the area is reopened by the Assistant Administrator pursuant to established criteria. This action is necessary to comply with False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan (Plan) regulations that establish the SEZ closure trigger and procedures to limit M&SI of false killer whales in the Hawaii deep-set longline fishery.
For more information, please read the Southern Exclusion Zone 2019 Closure Frequently Asked Questions.