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Hey Jeff, When I lived in Hawaii in the late 80's & early 90's, it was a real problem w/longliners. Far east boats, would come over & rape the Hawaiian waters for all the ahi's they could. These ripoff artists would have mother ships far enough offshore, where the lonlginers would offload to. The mother ships would gut em, ice em, & somehow have them in Japan, in a matter of hours. Hawaiians, as well as the fishing guys were all up in arms about it. It finally waned after there were no more fish, & the boats just moved to another fishery. It could be, that these longliners, are in the gulf, after seeing fishing reports out of Venice, & the longrange boats we have in Texas. If it's not stopped soon, it could ruin the gulf fishery real soon. Of course the NMFS, will blame the recs, & we'll end up with another fishery debacle.
 
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