June (1950) identified 49 vessels as primarily longliners (30 in Honolulu), whereas Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources (HDAR) records indicate 76 registered longline vessels in 1950.
The decline in vessels corresponded with the declining trend in longline landings reported to HDAR between 1954 and 1982 (Fig.
HDAR longline data are believed to be relatively complete through 1978 (Pooley, 1993b).
Commercial catch reports to HDAR do not distinguish between different types of troll fishing (i.e., part-time, charter); only fishermen who sell their catch are required to file reports.
Ika-shibi or paluahi were not distinguished as separate fishing methods in HDAR statistics
Annual commercial handline landings reported to HDAR increased from 45 t to almost 1,000 t between 1970 and 198 1.
Bigeye tuna are an important component of the handline catch (Yuen, 1979) that is not reflected in HDAR statistics.
The State (HDAR) encouraged expansion into new areas in the late 1980's.
Initially, HDAR participation in the FDCC was self-limited to observer status, but in December 1984, with completion of the Hawaii statistical system study (DLNR(9)), they became a full voting member of the FDCC.
Data processing at HDAR and the Honolulu Laboratory was performed by keypunch cards, batch processing, and limited time-share processing on state-operated IBM mainframe computers.
The HDAR began reducing the backlog of landings reports and completed the WPACFIN-funded "Hawaii fisheries statistics system design study" (1984).
The American Samoa DMWR, CNMI DFW, and Guam DOC offices followed the WPACFIN standard almost exclusively in their expansion efforts, but the Guam DAWR office chose to use the Apple Macintosh system and the HDAR office expanded in several directions simultaneously: into direct use of the IBM mainframe, a newly installed State WANGNET minicomputer system, and into increased use of both Macintosh and IBM-compatible microcomputers.