Senate Vice President Arnold I. Palacios says the CNMI and the Hawaii Longline Association have finalized a deal regarding the tuna-catch limit.

Palacios was with Gov. Ralph Torres who visited Hawaii to meet its governor and officials of the Hawaii Longline Association who, the senator said, agreed to an annual payment of $250,000 for three years.

Palacios said the deal had been on hold for six months.

"The money will be used for conservation and fisheries development in the commonwealth," he said.

The CNMI’s agreement with the Hawaii Longline Association pertains to the commonwealth’s tuna-catch limit.

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