Update on Main Hawaiian Islands Deep-7 Bottomfish Catch
In the main Hawaiian Islands, bottomfish are harvested by commercial and non-commercial bottomfish vessels. To conserve the bottomfish stock, the NOAA Fisheries Service, on recommendations from the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, has established an Annual Catch Limit (ACL) for "Deep-7" bottomfish species; these are the 7 primary species targeted by the commercial fleet. The ACL applies to both commercial and non-commercial sectors of the fishery.
To ensure the ACL is not exceeded, the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), in cooperation with the State of Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources (HDAR), monitors the catch of Deep-7 bottomfish during the annual fishing season. PIFSC analyzes catch records submitted by fishermen to HDAR and NOAA Fisheries and uses them, along with other information, to evaluate the likelihood of reaching the limit. This information is used by the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office to establish regulations ending the fishing season, if necessary.
The Deep-7 bottomfish fishery in the main Hawaiian Islands reopened on 1 September 2013. The fishery is being monitored by the State of Hawaii and PIFSC using reports of commercial and non-commercial catch and landings (http://www.hawaiibottomfish.info/images/mhibf1213.gif [0.1 MB]).
For current fishery status information please also see: http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/SFD/SFD_regs_3.html.