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Timeline of Ahi Fishing in Hawaii



Photo: Jeff Muir ©ISSF
 

1899

The first wooden sampan is brought to Hawaii.

1917

Flag-line sampans used to catch ahi kick off the longline industry in Hawaii.

1920s

Okinawan squid fishermen in Hilo develop ika-shibi fishing when they find tuna eating the squid off their hooks.

1941

World War II restricts fishing; many  Japanese fishermen are arrested and interned.

2000

Peak landings for ika-shibi fisheries, at 1.4 million lbs.

2004

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.

2009

NOAA establishes a new catch limit of 3,673 metric tons (mt) for bigeye in the western and central Pacific.

December 2009

For the first time, Hawaii's longline fleet is closed out.

2010

Bigeye quota is reached in November.

2013

WCPFC proposes Hawaii bigeye longline quota further reduced to 2,300 mt.

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