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Hawaii longline boats face lower tuna catch quota

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's longline fishing boat owners expect their sales of ahi will drop by millions of dollars under an agreement in which the United States will reduce its longline tuna catch for three years starting in 2015.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports U.S. longline fishing boats in the western and central Pacific must cut their catch of bigeye tuna by 10 percent.

That will amount to at least a $10 million drop in bigeye tuna sales by 2017.

The catch limits were agreed to by the 27-member Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission last month. The commission is a multinational group formed to promote sustainable fishing in the Pacific.

Nearly 90 percent of the total U.S. longline catch of bigeye tuna is caught by Hawaii boats.

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