Open Season on Hawaii’s Marine Aquarium Collectors
A landslide of 13 legislative measures that could significantly impact the aquarium fishery in Hawaiian waters was introduced in the state legislature in the week between opening day on January 16th and the cutoff deadline for new bills on January 24th. At least three of the measures—two senate bills and one house bill—seek to close the fishery in state waters, while several others not explicitly seeking to end the commercial aquarium fishery would most likely do just that if passed.
Aquarium Fisheries Updates from Hawaii
If made law, the West Hawaii rules package would impose bag and slot (size) limits on three species of fishes commonly fished for the aquarium trade, establish a 40-species “white list” of fishes permitted for aquarium take, and create a new fishery replenishment area in South Kona, where no aquarium fishing would be allowed.
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