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False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan; Reopening of Southern Exclusion Zone


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On February 22, 2019, NOAA Fisheries closed the Southern Exclusion Zone (SEZ) to deep-set longline fishing, as required to comply with the False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan (Plan), following two observed false killer whale interactions in January 2019 that occurred inside the Exclusive Economic Zone around Hawaii. To determine if reopening of the SEZ is warranted, we evaluated all criteria as described in the Plan regulations (50 CFR 229.37(e)(7)) and determined that criterion (iv) of the Plan is met. Consequently, in compliance with 50 CFR 229.37(e)(8) we are reopening the SEZ to Hawaii deep-set longline fishing.

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Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on 08/25/2020