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Hawaiʻi Deep-Set Longline Fishery 2023 Third Quarterly Status Report for July 1–September 30

November 30, 2023

Pacific Islands Region Observer Program Hawaiʻi deep-set longline fishery quarterly status report for July 1–September 30, 2023.

Pacific Islands Region Observer Program Hawaii deep-set longline data reports of observer coverage, sea turtle, marine mammal, sea bird, Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed elasmobranch interactions, and set and hook unit effort for vessels departing with observers during 2023.

NOAA Fisheries monitors the Hawaiʻi deep-set pelagic longline fishery (targeting tunas) through a mandatory observer program. This report summarizes data for deep-set fishing trips. It ensures prompt dissemination of Hawaiʻi longline observer data, and may be revised after final data editing. The following table summarizes the percent observer coverage for vessel departures, vessels departing with observers, and set and hook unit effort for observed vessels based on departure date. The tables also summarize sea turtle, marine mammal, sea bird, and ESA-listed elasmobranch interactions based on the begin haul date. Unidentified elasmobranch species that could be an ESA-listed species are also included.

Vessel Departures, and Set and Hook Unit Effort for Vessels Departing

Departures Departures With Observers Observer Coverage Total Sets Total Hooks Set
376 62 16.49% 864 2,495,254


Sea Turtle Interactions

Total: 3

Released Dead Olive Ridley Released Injured Olive Ridley
2 1

Marine Mammal Interactions

Total: 4

Released Injured False Killer Whale Released Injured Unidentified Cetacean
2 2

Seabird Interactions

Total: 2

Released Dead Black-Footed Albatross

Elasmobranch Interactions

Total: 84

Released Dead Oceanic White-Tip Shark Released Alive Oceanic White-Tip Shark Released Alive Manta/Mobula Released Alive Unidentified Ray
23 58 2 1


Notes: The percent coverage is based on vessel departures. Protected species interactions are based on begin haul. For the purpose of this report, an animal that is hooked or entangled is considered an interaction.

Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on 11/30/2023

Pacific Islands Region Observer Program