Support Banning Wire Leaders in Pacific Fisheries

I am in strong support of the new rules prohibiting the use of wire leader within 1 meter of any hook deployed in Hawaiian deep set longline fishery.

Threatened Oceanic whitetip sharks ( Carcharhinus longimanus) and Silky Sharks (Carcharhinus falciformus) are especially impacted by this gear. Under the Endangered species Act, National Marine Fisheries has already committed to zero retention of oceanic whitetip sharks, and tis rule will help achieve that in US waters.

Eliminating this gear will protect sharks, increase safety for fishermen and limit harmful trailing line and ensure a hight survival rate of these threatened sharks.

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Ola Kanaloa! (Life to Kanaloa!)

Join us on December 15th for a live virtual roundtable focusing on Kanaloanuiākea, the great expanse of Kanaloa. Native Hawaiian members of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council discuss the cultural and ecological significance of Kanaloanuiākea, and the need for greater understanding and genuine application of cultural knowledge and values in advocacy, protection, and conservation efforts from mauka to makai – in the uplands and throughout the sea.

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