ough federal laws and rules don't mention Hawaii's fishing fleet by name, technicalities buried in immigration law, maritime regulations and agency rule books have combined to give it a rare distinction: In the Aloha State hundreds of foreign fishermen are stuck on their boats for years.
The Magnuson-Stevens and Jones acts make up the basis for most U.S. fishing laws. Their premise is that citizens should benefit from the work, food supply and revenue from American seafood. Boat owners, captains, and most of their crew are supposed to be American.
A rare exception , backed by Hawaii's lawmakers, say noncitizens can be used only to catch "highly migratory species" and only outside of thonolulu. Around 700 undocumented foreign workers, mostly from impoverished Southeast Asian and Pacific Island nations, work on Hawaii’s commercial fishing fleet, the country’s fifth top grossing fishery. They do not have visas and cannot enter the country, staying confined to their boats for sometimes years at a time _ all with tHOUSTON,Sept. 7, 2016/PRNewswire/ -- The Lanier Law Firm inHoustonis home to four attorneys who have earned spots on the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers list for their work in a variety of cases involving everything from maritime law to class actions to appellate work.
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