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False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team and Plan

Photo: Hooked False Killer Whale

In January 2010, under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NOAA Fisheries established an advisory group in the Pacific Islands region to develop a plan for reducing mortalities and serious injuries of false killer whales in Hawai'i's pelagic longline fisheries. Known as a Take Reduction Team (Team), the advisors include appointed representatives from federal and state agencies, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, academic and scientific organizations, environmental groups, and the commercial fishing industry.The Team provides guidance on the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of a Take Reduction Plan to reduce interactions between false killer whales and pelagic longline fisheries. The Team met four times within six months to develop a draft Plan by consensus and submitted the draft to us on July 19, 2010.

Learn more about the False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team.

The False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan

The false killer whale Take Reduction Plan for the Pacific Islands region contains research recommendations, regulations for the Hawai'i-based deep-set and shallow-set pelagic longline fisheries, and best management practices. NOAA Fisheries published a final rule to implement the False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan on November 29, 2012. The final rule includes:

We monitor the Plan's progress and ensure it meets the MMPA goal of reducing mortality and serious injury of false killer whales incidental to the commercial longline fisheries addressed by the Plan. If mortality and serious injury is not reduced to appropriate levels, we will reconvene the Team to develop additional measures.

Related Actions

On July 17, 2018, NOAA Fisheries announced a temporary rule (83 FR 33848) to close the Southern Exclusion Zone to deep-set longline fishing from July 24 through December 31, 2018. The area was closed because the "trigger" for closure described in the Plan was reached. The trigger, in this case, was two observed false killer whale hookings within the U.S. exclusive economic zone around Hawaii that resulted in serious injuries. Below are supporting documents.


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