Western Pacific Fishermen Losing Last Vestiges of U.S. Waters Open to Fishing; Council Frustrated
Sanctuaries, marine monuments, no-fishing zones -- Western Pacific fishermen are trying to hold on to as many areas open for fishing as they can.
Last week, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council supported permitting non-commercial fishing and prohibiting commercial fishing in the Monument Expansion Area of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, from 50 to 200 nautical miles.
However, Council members were infuriated because continuing to close areas to fishing is an affront to indigenous peoples. Members stressed the importance of continuing indigenous cultures and ...
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