HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge's ruling is allowing longline fishermen in Hawaii to continue catching more bigeye tuna than the maximum set by international regulators.

HONOLULU (AP) A federal judge's ruling is allowing longline fishermen in Hawaii to continue catching more bigeye tuna than the maximum set by international regulators.

U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi issued an order Wednesday rejecting environmental groups' claims that the extra fishing is illegal.

An international commission that regulates commercial fishing between Indonesia and Hawaii set a limit of about 3,500 metric tons for Hawaii longline fishermen this year. The Hawaii fishery reached that limit in August.

The National Marine Fisheries Service created a rule allowing additional catch limits for three U.S. Pacific territories. It then allowed the territories to allocate up to half of their catch limit to Hawaii-based longline fishing vessels.

Environmentalists sued, arguing the arrangement undermines international agreements aimed at eliminating bigeye overfishing.