2019 Hawaiʻi Longline Permit Holder Letter
NOAA Fisheries is closing the Southern Exclusion Zone to deep-set longline fishing effective February 22, 2019.
NOAA Fisheries observers have documented two false killer whale interactions in January 2019 in the Hawai'i longline fishery that occurred inside the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). One of those interactions resulted in the mortality of a false killer whale. Following the procedures outlined in the Plan and in NOAA Fisheries Policy Directives, NOAA Fisheries determined that the other false killer whale interaction resulted in a "serious injury." Accordingly, the closure trigger has been reached and NOAA Fisheries must close the Southern Exclusion Zone (SEZ). NOAA Fisheries is announcing the closure of the SEZ by separate Federal Register notice.
The SEZ is the portion of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around Hawai'i bounded by 165° 00' W on the west, 154° 30' W on the east, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and the Main Hawaiian Islands Longline Fishing Prohibited Area on the north, and the EEZ boundary on the south.