19 Aug '12, 10am

New Data Confirm Slaughter Of False Killer Whales In Hawaiian Longlines | Earthjustice via @Earthjustice

New Data Confirm Slaughter Of False Killer Whales In Hawaiian Longlines | Earthjustice via @Earthjustice

On August 7, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued new data confirming that the Hawaiʻ i-based longline fisheries are killing false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens , a large dolphin species) at unsustainable rates. The new information highlights the need for NMFS to promptly finalize and implement a plan to protect false killer whales in Hawaiian waters, as required by the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act. In June 2012, Earthjustice, representing the Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network, sued NMFS in federal court over the agency’s failure to finalize the plan, which was due in December 2011. A false killer whale, snagged on a longline, becomes victim of commercial fishing. (NMFS) View a slideshow of false killer whales and longlines. “For years, the fishing industry has been saying that new surveys would show there ar...

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