Protected Resources

False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team and Plan

Photo: Hooked False Killer Whale

In January 2010, NMFS established a Take Reduction Team (Team) to address the incidental mortality and serious injury of false killer whales in the Hawaii-based deep-set and shallow-set longline fisheries. The Team was charged with drafting a Take Reduction Plan (Plan) for reducing that mortality and serious injury, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).

The False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team (FKW TRT) met four times between February and July 2010. On July 19, 2010, the team submitted a consensus Draft Take Reduction Plan to NMFS.  These recommendations form the basis of NMFS’s Plan.

The Plan
NMFS published a final rule to implement the False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan on November 29, 2012. The final rule includes gear requirements (“weak” circle hooks and strong branch lines) in the deep-set longline fishery, longline closure areas, training and certification for vessel owners and captains in marine mammal handling and release, captains’ supervision of marine mammal handling and release, and posting of placards on longline vessels.

NMFS published the proposed rule to implement the plan on July 18, 2011:

TRT Meetings

Please click here for a list of past TRT meetings and their summaries.

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