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Bigeye tuna off limits to longline fleets for last three days of 2009

By Associated Press

POSTED: 10:07 a.m. HST, Dec 21, 2009

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The Hawaii-based longline fishing fleet is being barred from catching bigeye tuna in the western and central Pacific for the last three days of the year.

The announcement came Monday from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service.

International agreements and federal regulations limit the annual U.S. longline catch of bigeye tuna to 3,763 metric tons.

The fisheries service says it has determined the 2009 catch limit for bigeye tuna is expected to be reached by Dec. 29.

During the closure period, Hawaii longliners may still fish for bigeye tuna in the eastern Pacific, which is generally in waters east of the Big Island.

The 2010 fishing year opens Jan. 1, with the U.S. catch again limited to 3,763 metric tons.


The Hawaii-based longline fishing fleet is being barred from catching bigeye tuna in the western and central Pacific for the last three days of the year.


The announcement came Monday from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service.

International agreements and federal regulations limit the annual U.S. longline catch of bigeye tuna to 3,763 metric tons.

The fisheries service says it has determined the 2009 catch limit for bigeye tuna is expected to be reached by Dec. 29.

During the closure period, Hawaii longliners may still fish for bigeye tuna in the eastern Pacific, which is generally in waters east of the Big Island.

The 2010 fishing year opens Jan. 1, with the U.S. catch again limited to 3,763 metric tons.


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