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Updated: Aug 7, 2023

The Hawaii Longline Fishery is a global leader in fisheries sustainability and comprehensive management

Hawaii longline vessels target bigeye tuna and North Pacific swordfish, producing over 90% and 50% of the US domestic supply bigeye and swordfish, respectively. Both target species populations that are not experiencing overfishing or are in an overfished condition. According to the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. wild-caught Pacific bigeye tuna and North Pacific swordfish is a smart seafood choice because it is sustainably managed and responsibly harvested under U.S. regulations. For more information, on the management and stock status of bigeye, swordfish, and other species caught by the Hawaii longline fishery, refer to NOAA Fisheries Fishwatch: Bigeye tuna and swordfish are highly migratory species fished by multiple nations, thus effective management requires international cooperation. Catches of tuna and billfish by Hawaii longline vessels represent only fractional percentages of total stock wide catch of these species in the Pacific. HLA regularly participates in international management organizations such as the WCPFC and IATTC to ensure effective conservation and management measures and to represent HLA interests.

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