Timeline of Ahi Fishing in Hawaii
Photo: Jeff Muir ©ISSF
The first wooden sampan is brought to Hawaii.
Flag-line sampans used to catch ahi kick off the longline industry in Hawaii.
Okinawan squid fishermen in Hilo develop ika-shibi fishing when they find tuna eating the squid off their hooks.
World War II restricts fishing; many Japanese fishermen are arrested and interned.
Peak landings for ika-shibi fisheries, at 1.4 million lbs.
The fish auction moves to its current location at Pier 38. It sells an average of 50,000 pounds of fish a day, most of it ahi.
NOAA establishes a new catch limit of 3,673 metric tons (mt) for bigeye in the western and central Pacific.
For the first time, Hawaii's longline fleet is closed out.
Bigeye quota is reached in November.
WCPFC proposes Hawaii bigeye longline quota further reduced to 2,300 mt.