HONOLULU (AP) - Environmental activists are suing the federal government for allegedly failing to prevent longline fishing fleets from repeatedly accidentally catching a rare whale species off Hawaii.
Earthjustice sued the National Marine Fisheries Service on Tuesday on behalf of three environmental groups.
The lawsuit alleges longline fishing expeditions are accidentally catching false killer whales off Hawaii at twice the rate the species’ population can sustain.
It says the agency’s failure to reduce the bycatch violates the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.
Earthjustice filed the lawsuit on behalf of Hui Malama i Kohola, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Turtle Island Restoration Network.