New Hawaii Aquarium Bill Prohibits Harassment of Fishers in a Marine Environment
House Bill 511 will likely be the second aquarium fish bill introduced to the State of Hawaii’s 28th Legislature, and would prohibit the harassment of persons marine fishing and aquarium fishing.
Hawaiian Bill Seeks Criminalization of AQ Fish Collection
The proposed law seeks to criminalize the sale of aquatic life for aquarium use and establishes penalties for first and subsequent violations, and would essentially close the commercial aquarium fishery statewide by prohibiting the sale of aquarium animals harvested in Hawaii.
NMFS Solicits Public Comment on Protective Regulations for Listed Coral Species
Will NOAA/NMFS enact 4(d) rules that could end commercial activity related to the 20 newly-listed threatened coral species? The future isn’t certain – they’re asking for comments.
Banggai Cardinalfish Proposed for Listing under ESA
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will publish a proposed rule to list the Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) tomorrow.
The 800-Pound Tankbuster in the Room
Researchers find future monster fish known as “tankbusters” being imported at small sizes for the aquarium trade.
Sandhi 善迪 says:Amazing spot. I love this part of knowledge: "Every small, free square inch is quickly occupied by Xeniidae corals. But, they seem to serve a very important function, preparing the substrate, and binding every piece of coral rubble together so sponges and coralline algae can finish the job by cementing everything up. Thus, later, coral larvae can settle on this newly stabilized real estate." Thank you, Vincent
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Jon Gordon says:Please sign this to support common sense rules in Florida. Ask Fish and Wildlife not to use an ill-advised whitelist of animals that can be kept. All you need to do is add your name to the following statement, "A viable option I support would be a list of prohibited species, which would be a much smaller, manageable and enforceable list than one that attempts to encompass all allowed species. " https://petadvocacy.org/advocacy-campaigns?vvsrc=%2FPetitions%2F3902%2FRespond
Bryce David says:To whom it may concern, A whitelist approach to regulating which species are legally allowed to be obtained and traded will decimate fish farms and pet stores. This is not a well thought out approach for combating invasive species release into ecosystems. Best Management Practices have already made inroads on preventing the release of foreign invader species. I suggest a review of those practices and amend them if they are deemed to be insufficient. Sincerely, Bryce David
Edward Moats says:I urge you to consider the ramifications of losing a 172 million dollar industry in your state. I completely support the black list and agree that invasive species is a big concern. However , I feel that this bill is over reaching and will have a negative impact not only On the industry , but to Florida’s economy.