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Hawaiian Longline Fishery

Trouble in Paradise

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 Hawai`i Longline Vessels Capture and Kill Sea Turtles

Critically endangered Pacific leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles continue to die on the longline hooks of the deadly Hawaii swordfish fishery. Despite closures of the fishery due to excess turtle captures and legal mandates to decrease the number of sea turtles injured in the high bycatch fishery, National Marine Fisheries Service persists in putting seafood profits before protections for sea turtles that are required by the U.S. Endangered Species Act. In response, we continue to win legal battles to protect sea turtles from increased capture of sea turtles in the deadly Hawaii swordfishery. 

Swordfish longline vessels trail up to 60 miles of fishing line suspended in the water with floats, with as many as a thousand baited hooks deployed at regular intervals. Sea turtles become hooked while trying to take bait or entangled while swimming through the nearly invisible lines. These encounters can drown the turtle or leave it with serious wounds. Sea birds such as albatross dive for the bait and become hooked, and marine mammals, including endangered humpback whales, become hooked when they swim through the floating lines.

International Red List Ranks Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtles as Critically Endangered
November 27th, 2013

Hawaii's Tuna Fishery Taking Deadly Toll on Whales, Sea Turtles and Seabirds
May 7th, 2013

Longlines Hook False Killer Whale, Threatening Hawai‘i Population
March 6th, 2013

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Endangered Sea Turtles, Rare Albatross From Deadly Hawaii Swordfish Longline Fishery
November 2nd, 2012

False Killer Whales To Receive Protection From Death In Hawaiian Longlines
October 17th, 2012

Saying No to Hawaii Swordfish
July 11th, 2012

Longlines Halted in Hawaii! Leatherback Limit Reached, Closing Swordfish Fishery

Pacific Loggerhead Sea Turtles Declared Endangered
September 16th, 2011

Thousands Support Expanding Hawaiian Monk Sea Critical Habitat
August 31st, 2011

Urgent Action Plan for High Seas Management by the United Nations
June 20th, 2011

Endangered Sea Turtles Saved From Capture in Hawaii Swordfish Fishery
February 7th, 2011

Hawaii's False Killer Whales at High Risk of Extinction - Proposed for Endangered Listing
November 17th, 2010

New Plan Aims to Protect False Killer Whales from Tuna and Swordfish Longliners in Hawaii
July 21st, 2010

U.S. Government Proposes Endangered Status for Loggerhead Sea Turtles in Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
March 10th, 2010

Conservation Groups File Suit Challenging New Rule Allowing Hawai`i Swordfish Fleet to Triple Its Catch of Sea Turtles
December 16th, 2009

Feds changing Hawaii swordfish fishery regulations
December 11th, 2009

Turtle Island Restoration Network Denounces U.S. Decision to Increase Sea Turtle Deaths in Hawaii Longline Fishery
December 11th, 2009

Hawai'i ocean activists turn out 400 for Obama Ocean Task Force

Thousands Speak Up Against Endangered Sea Turtle Capture on Hawaiian Swordfish Hooks


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