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Trigger Change for Hawaiian Islands Southern Exclusion Zone


Profile drawing of False Killer Whale
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Fishing Type
Action Status
Affected Species


NOAA Fisheries announces a revision to the trigger that would require closure of the Hawaiian Islands Southern Exclusion Zone to deep-set longline fishing. We are changing the trigger from four to three observed mortality or serious injuries of false killer whales incidental to the deep-set longline fishery within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone.

This revision is necessary due to a change in observer coverage levels for the Hawaiʻi deep-set longline fishery, in accordance with the NOAA Fisheries False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan for the Hawaiian Islands and the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on 02/23/2024