Sea Turtle Interactions in the Hawaiʻi Shallow-set Longline Fishery
A summary of current and historical fishery interactions with leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles.
This table is updated when an interaction is reported; if no interaction is reported, the table is updated on the 15th and last day of each month.
This table was updated on March 18, 2020.
|Leatherback Turtle||Loggerhead Turtle|
|Interactions to Date||2||
Regulations governing the Hawaiʻi shallow-set pelagic longline fishery include annual limits on the numbers of interactions that occur between fishing vessels and sea turtles. There are two calendar-year limits: 26 leatherback sea turtles, and 17 loggerhead sea turtles. If either limit is determined to have been reached, the Hawaiʻi-based shallow-set longline fishery is immediately closed. When closed, Hawaiʻi longline vessels are prohibited from shallow-set fishing north of the Equator for the remainder of the calendar year.
Sea turtle interactions are monitored by NOAA Fisheries observers, placed aboard every shallow-set longline fishing trip.
See 50 CFR 665.813 for the official Hawaiʻi shallow-set longline sea turtle interaction limits. More information can be found in the Observer Program's quarterly reports which provided information about protected species interactions with U.S. longline vessels in the Pacific.
|Leatherback Turtle||Loggerhead Turtle||Notes|
|2019||0||17||March 19, 2019. Fishery closed as a result of reaching annual interaction limit of 17 loggerhead turtles.|
|2018||6||33||May 4, 2018. Fishery closed as a result of a Court Order.|
November 5, 2012. NOAA Fisheries revised the limits for leatherback turtles from 16 to 26, and for loggerhead turtles from 17 to 34.
Two loggerhead interactions were with the same turtle.
|2011||16||12||November 18, 2011. Fishery closed as a result of reaching annual interaction limit of 16 leatherback turtles.|
|2010||8||7||2010 loggerhead limit was 46.|
|2006||1||17||March 20, 2006. Fishery closed as a result of reaching annual interaction limit of 17 loggerhead turtles.|