For assessment purposes, the Hawaiian bottomfish stocks are considered a single, archipelago-wide, multi-species complex. Scientific analysis of bottomfish catch data for the Hawaii Archipelago indicate that, at current levels, the amount of fishing effort on bottomfish in the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) will not be sustainable in the long term. In other words, if no action is taken to reduce the fishing effort and mortality of MHI bottomfish,, declines in the populations of seven commonly caught deepwater bottomfish species—opakapaka, onaga, kalekale, hapuupuu, ehu, lehi and gindai (the “Deep 7”) will continue. The amount of fishing effort occurring in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, on the other hand, has been determined to be operating at sustainable levels.

  • Stock Assessment of the Main hawaiian Islands Deep7 Bottomfish Complex Through 2010 (pdf)
  • Deep7 Stock Assessment Appendices (pdf)
  • Estimation of Bottomfish CPUE using the Delta Method and HDAR Logbooks 1928-2010 (pdf)
  • A Review of Unreported to Reported catch Rations for Bottomfish Resources in the Main hawaiian islands (pdf)
  • Investigation of the association between Hawaii deep slope bottomfish CPUE and environmental variables (pdf)
  • Hawaiian Bottomfish Assessment Update for 2008 (pdf)
  • Report of the western Pacfic Stock Assessment Review 1 - Hawaii Deep Slope Bottomfish (pdf)
  • NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-PIFSC-20 - "Demand for Hawaii Bottomfish Revisited: Incorporating Economics into Total Allowable Catch Management." (pdf)
  • The Science behind the Overfishing Determination for MHI Bottomfish (2007) (pdf)
  • Stock Assessment of Bottomfish Resources in the Hawaiian Archipelago (ppt)
  • “Status of the Hawaiian Bottomfish Stocks, 2004" (pdf)
  • Bottomfish Stock Assessment Workshop — Final Panel Report (2004eg) (pdf)
Meetings & Announcements

MHI Bottomfish News-Volume 5: MHI Season is now manged only using a TAC

MHI Bottomfish News-Volume 4: Mahalo Commercial MHI Bottomfish fishermen

Compliance Guide for Main Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish Fishery

Main Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish Rack Card

Bottomfish News Volume 3: Attention: Commercial Bottomfish FIshers and Dealers, A Request for Your Kokua

PRESS RELEASE-10-17-08: Federal Management Council Recommends 35 Percent Increase in Main Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish Harvest for 2008-2009 Season

Main Hawaiian Islands Non-Commercial Bottomfish Reporting Requirements           (73 FR 41296)

FR Notice for Main Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish Final Rule

2011
NWHI bottomfish fishery scheduled to close