Proposed Changes to Seabird Measures for Hawaiʻi Deep-Set Longline Fishery
NOAA Fisheries is proposing to modify seabird interaction mitigation measures in the Hawaiʻi pelagic deep-set (tuna) longline fishery. For vessels stern-setting above 23° N latitude, we propose to replace the blue-dyed bait and strategic offal discharge requirements with a new tori line (bird-scaring streamers) requirements. The proposed action is intended to reduce albatross interactions while also streamlining fishing operations and management of this fishery. Shallow-set and side-setting vessel requirements would not be impacted by this proposed rule.
NOAA Fisheries is accepting comments on the proposed rule through November 16, 2023.