Aug 06 2010

Hawaii: Ban Tropical Fish Collecting?

Aquarium Tropical Fish
Senator: Time to ban tropical fish collecting
Legislation that would ban tropical fish collecting in Hawaii will be introduced in January by state Sen. Josh Green, who said he’s planning “a simple bill” on the controversial issue.

“It’s common sense. The number of fish here and in Maui waters is severely depleted. It’s time we restore the Gold Coast,” he said, referring to the nickname West Hawaii was given because of the numerous yellow tangs along its coastal reef.

People come to Hawaii because of its pristine natural resources, said Green, D-Kohala, Kona, Ka’u, who is not up for re-election this year.

“The government must do whatever it can to protect this natural resource heritage,” he said.

State law, enforced by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, requires fish collectors to obtain permits and show “they possess facilities to, and can, maintain fish and other aquatic life.” They are also required to file catch reports.

This is not the first time a ban has been suggested. North Kona Councilman Kelly Greenwell recently introduced a nonbinding resolution recommending the DLNR ban the export of tropical fish collected from Big Island waters. A County Council committee failed to advance the resolution during a meeting last month.

Hawaii Tribune-Herald, August 5, 2010

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