Stories of Conservation Success: Results of Interviews with Hawai‘i Longline Fishers
This NOAA Administrative Report presents findings from fieldwork with the Hawai‘i longline fleet conducted in summer/fall 2019. It reveals how Hawai‘i longline fishers are affected by, respond to, and attempt to mitigate protected species bycatch. The purpose of our research was to better understand protected species interactions from the perspective of Hawai‘i longline fishers and learn how solutions devised by industry can potentially further reduce bycatch. Although Hawai‘i longliners have significantly lowered protected species bycatch, there is continual pressure on the fleet to further reduce interactions.