Photo by Greg Lavaty
On August 20, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a permit under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act authorizing a limited number of seabirds to be killed or injured by Hawaiian swordfish vessels. This action is the first permit ever issued under the MBTA – America’s foremost law protecting migratory bird species – to regulate the "take" of migratory birds in the operation of an otherwise lawful commercial activity.
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