Help keep One Green Planet free and independent! Together we can ensure our platform remains a hub for empowering ideas committed to fighting for a sustainable, healthy, and compassionate world. Please support us in keeping our mission strong.
The Conservation Council for Hawaii has sued the National Marine Fisheries Service for delaying consultations meant to ensure that fisheries are properly managing incidental catch species, including several endangered sea turtle, whale, and shark species. The longline fisheries, which primarily target tuna, use miles-long mainlines with baited hooks extending vertically into the water but have no way to exclude non-target marine animals, luring in and eventually killing hundreds of species, including endangered ones.
Source: Washington Post/Youtube
The plaintiffs claim that the fisheries have been exceeding their incidental take limits for nearly nine years, in violation of the Endangered Species Act. They argue that the Fisheries Service has not completed the consultations necessary to keep protected species from being caught as incidental take by tuna fisheries.
This longline fishing gear also affects critical habitats for the scalloped hammerhead shark, sperm whale, and Main Hawaiian Island insular false killer whale, all of which are either endangered or threatened. The Conservation Council claims that the Hawaii fishery has killed nearly twice the number of turtles through 2017-2019 than its limits should allow for.
Aside from environmental concerns, sea turtles, sharks, and whales, all occupy important spaces in Native Hawaiian cultural and spiritual practices. These species are a key element to the health of the ocean ecosystem at large and continued abuse of these species will adversely affect their habitat to unfixable levels, as the species are at particular risk for extinction.
The plaintiffs want a judge to order the agency to complete the required consultations and publish the final biological reports within 90 days, and to declare that the fisheries service has violated the Endangered Species Act. This lawsuit highlights the importance of enforcing environmental regulations and ensuring that protected species are not harmed in the process of fishing.
We can all take action by supporting organizations that advocate for the protection of endangered species and their habitats. We can also reduce our consumption of fish and seafood, opt for sustainably caught seafood, and call on lawmakers to prioritize the protection of the environment and the Conservation of endangered species. By taking action, we can work towards creating a more just and sustainable future for all.
- Orca Mom Adopts Pilot Whale Calf and Takes Baby Under Her Fin
- Amazing Footage of Sperm Whales Sleeping Vertically [Video]
- Dead Sperm Whale Washes Ashore With Plastic Debris and Fishing Gear in Stomach
- Whales Consume Three Million Microplastics Per Day, New Study Finds
- Experts Concerned About Baby Gray Whale Born Too Far From Normal Breeding Grounds
Easy Ways to Help the Planet:
- Eat Less Meat: Download Food Monster, the largest plant-based Recipe app on the App Store, to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy. You can also buy a hard or soft copy of our favorite vegan cookbooks.
- Reduce Your Fast Fashion Footprint: Take initiative by standing up against fast fashion Pollution and supporting sustainable and circular brands like Tiny Rescue that raise awareness around important issues through recycled zero-waste clothing designed to be returned and remade over and over again.
- Support Independent Media: Being publicly funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!
- Sign a Petition: Your voice matters! Help turn petitions into victories by signing the latest list of must-sign petitions to help people, animals, and the planet.
- Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest news and important stories involving animals, the environment, sustainable living, food, health, and human interest topics by subscribing to our newsletter!
- Do What You Can: Reduce waste, plant trees, eat local, travel responsibly, reuse stuff, say no to single-use plastics, recycle, vote smart, switch to cold water laundry, divest from fossil fuels, save water, shop wisely, Donate if you can, grow your food, volunteer, conserve energy, compost, and don’t forget about the microplastics and microbeads lurking in common household and personal care products!