O’ahu Aquarium Fishery Rules Package Approved

Big Island Shoal (c) Ret Talbot

On Friday the O’ahu aquarium fishery rules package was approved unanimously by the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) during its regular fourth Friday meeting in Honolulu. The rules package, which was introduced at the request of the aquarium fishers in the summer of 2011, includes bag limits, size limits, net regulations, and a ban on several fish species. Its approval follows a West Hawaii aquarium fishery rules package, which became law earlier this year. According to a BLNR document requesting final approval of the rules at Friday’s meeting, the fishers “recognized the need for better management of the fishery to reduce the potential for waste of limited resources and to implement conservation measures that would ensure the long-term economic viability of the fishery.”

Not Overfished

Neither the State nor external scientists contend the fishery has been overfished or that overfishing is occurring. As such, the rules are not so much a response to any existing concerns about fishery sustainability as they are about better managing an already sustainable fishery. The O’ahu aquarium fishers have stated that the new bag limits are really about promoting animal welfare and not about how many fishes come out of the ocean. “[The bag limits] were not intended to limit the overall catch, and could never be effective at doing so,” explains one O’ahu aquarium fisher. “Those numbers were chosen because they’re what we feel a small boat can carry…without being overcrowded.”

The limits on net size are, on the other hand, about…

[Read the Full Story at CORAL Magazine]

 

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About Ret Talbot

Ret Talbot is a freelance writer who covers fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. His work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Mongabay, Discover Magazine, Ocean Geographic and Coral Magazine. He lives on the coast of Maine with his wife, scientific illustrator Karen Talbot.
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One Response to O’ahu Aquarium Fishery Rules Package Approved

  1. Pingback: Hawaii DAR Administrator Allegedly Resigns over Proposed Aquarium Fishery Rules | Good Catch Blog

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