Proponents of re-opening Hawaiian waters to sustainable aquarium fish collection are quietly cheering a winning round in court with the validity of an environmental impact statement based on science and years’ of study affirmed. On the losing end is Earth Justice, a rabidly anti-fishing activist group, who had tried to quash a revised EIS that found collection practices, regulations, and catch limits consistent with a sustainable, small-scale fishery.
While the aquarium fishery in Hawai’i remains shuttered, the so-called AQ fishing community is hoping that change may be coming, as a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) hangs in limbo
Hawaii’s aquarium fishery and the latest Environmental Impact Statement is on the Board of Land and Natural Resources agenda for consideration on June 25th, 2021. Fishermen have asked you to voice your support.
What has happened to Hawaii’s marine aquarium fishery is profound. One could argue it serves as both a game plan for those opposed, and a real-world warning for those who continue to participate in the collection and distribution of wild fishes and corals within the aquarium trade.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources is taking immediate steps to comply with a new order issued late Friday from the First Circuit Court, requiring environmental review for issuance of new or renewed annual commercial marine licenses (CMLs) to be used for aquarium fishing purposes.