Hawaii Supreme Court hears case on legality of foreign fishing labor

  • An unidentified foreign fisherman smokes a cigarette aboard a U.S. fishing vessel at Pier 38 in Honolulu on March 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

  • A federal law enforcement officer talks to foreign fishermen in Hawaii’s commercial fleet during a vessel inspection in Honolulu on Oct. 20, 2016. (AP Photos/Caleb Jones, File)

  • A foreign worker unloads fish from a U.S. fishing vessel at Pier 38 in Honolulu on March 23, 2016.

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Friday on the legality of issuing licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii’s longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable labor practices.