PIJAC Update: Teamwork is Helping Hawaii’s Aquarium Trade
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.
Animal Activists Reject Science, Putting Lives and Jobs at Risk
Guest commentary from PIJAC’s Mike Bober on the recent battle over Hawaii’s SB 1240, a bill designed to sunset the aquarium fishery.
Questions Raised: HSUS Polling Data in Hawaii’s Aquarium Fishery Debate
Concerns over HSUS’ data were not simply relegated to groups of well-intentioned marine hobbyists…
Hawaii Governor to Veto Aquarium Fishery Bill
The governor took substantial time to understand all sides of this issue, especially the lack of scientific support for SB1240 and the risk to his constituents’ jobs.
MAYDAY! from HI Fishermen
Hawaii’s governor is expected to sign or veto Senate Bill 1240, which is a ban on aquarium fishing in Hawaii. PIJAC is working closely with the state’s fishermen to urge the governor to veto the bill.
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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.