As the number of people able to meet the requirements decreased, so did the number of neighbor-island fish dealers who would buy them off the boats. Today, most wholesalers won’t come to the dock to pick up a marlin in Kona. A few local guys who smoke them will, but not always. Although local trade of marlin between individuals was not affected by the FDA rule, that volume was never very high, and those guys would not have conformed to a ban anyway. To a local, outsiders have been trying to change their way of life ever since Capt. James Cook showed up. It’s about protecting a culture, so many outside notions are simply ignored.
The reality on the ground in Hawaii is that before the BCA, if a marlin was sold and exported by a small boat, it was only from Oahu and only after a whole lot of work. Regardless, those days are now gone.