Fishery managers seek to open Pacific monuments to fishing
The request could inhibit protections in areas set aside, in part, for dwindling fish populations to recover.
Managers of the American fisheries operating in the Pacific Ocean have asked President Donald Trump to open four national marine monuments to commercial fishing—a request that could inhibit protections in areas set aside, in part, for dwindling fish populations to renew themselves.
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is a quasi-governmental body that sets the fishing seasons and annual catch limits. The council, also known as WESPAC, told the president that “quick action is urgently needed” to meet “exceptionally high retail demand” for canned tuna as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.
“[W]e note that the fishing restrictions in the Pacific marine national monuments are impeding America’s three main tuna fisheries in the Pacific and the StarKist tuna cannery