It looks like the Hawaii fishing trade may have reason to be cautiously optimistic after a very tough year; PIJAC’s Robert Likins introduces important court-mandated Environmental Assessments and explains how teamwork coming from all sides may be turning the tide in the ongoing battle over Hawaii’s aquarium fishery.
The fact is that study after study has concluded aquarium fishing is sustainable and has no appreciable impact on the environment, as Governor Ige rightly concluded when he vetoed Senate Bill 1240 last year.
Hawaii’s DLNR goes beyond the letter of the Supreme Court Ruling which only invalidated permits for a specific fishing method, but not general aquarium fish collection permits.
A Hawaiian court rules that any and all existing aquarium fish permits issued to commercial collectors to date are illegal and invalid, closing the fishery.
Hawaii’s Supreme Court ruled that commercial aquarium fish collection is subject to HEPA requirements, and as such, issued an injunction to halt the collection of aquarium fishes until the proper environmental review is conducted.