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Posted at 11:07 a.m., Thursday, June 15, 2006

Fishing industry to review monument status

Advertiser Staff

President Bush's decision to establish a no-fishing standard within the new Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Monument will be reviewed today by the organization that recommends fishery management strategies for U.S. waters in the mid-Pacific.

Kitty Simonds, executive director with the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, said she does not understand the reasoning behind banning a fishery that she said has little environmental impact in the area.

"The President can do whatever he wants to do, but we're disappointed that we can't continue on a small, healthy bottomfish fishery," Simonds said.

The Council is meeting this week in American Samoa, and was scheduled to discuss the national monument designation during today's session, she said.