Spring of 2018 brings news of progress as Draft Environmental Assessments are published for Hawaii’s currently-shuttered marine aquarium fishery.
In an effort to lift the current fishing ban, Hawaii’s marine aquarium fishermen and PIJAC have submitted draft environmental assessments, developed with input and data from the state, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and independent scientists.
The Humane Society of the United States cries foul, publishing viewpoints from Earthjustice, Conservation Council for Hawai‘i, Center for Biological Diversity and For The Fishes, in response to the release of Draft Environmental Assessments by Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources.
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.
For the last five years, activist groups have pressed a full-court attack against ornamental fishing professionals, hobbyists, and aquarium advocates. They finally got their way earlier this year…