Category Archives: Legislation

Decisions on Hawaii Aquarium Fishery Bills Delayed

This Piece is being re-blogged from Coral Magazine, where it was published first. Five Hawaii aquarium-fishery related bills were heard in the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources and Hawaiian Affairs yesterday, but decisions on all bills were deferred to today. … Continue reading

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The Data behind Defining “Cruel Treatment” & “Substantial Injury” in Aquarium Fisheries

Five aquarium fishery-related bills will be heard Wednesday by the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources and Hawaiian Affairs, including HB 883. While the two so-called “ban bills” on Wednesday’s agenda (HB 606 and HB 873) are fairly easy to understand–they would both … Continue reading

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Public Hearing Scheduled for Five Aquarium Fishery Related Bills

This piece is being reblogged from a piece I published in CORAL Magazine earlier today (they have pictures!). Five of the Hawaii aquarium-fishery related bills were scheduled yesterday for public hearing before the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources and Hawaiian Affairs. … Continue reading

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A Bill to Authorize Inspection of Commercial Catch in West Hawaii

HB 483 authorizes administrative inspections within the West Hawaii Regional Fishery Management Area (WHRFMA). While the Bill is not specific to the aquarium fishery, it would affect the aquarium fishery, as it relates to fishers in the largest aquarium fishery in … Continue reading

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The Data behind Hawaii’s Anti-aquarium Fishery Legislation

In case you missed it over the weekend, my article regarding the data behind Hawaii’s aquarium fishery published online at Reef to Rainforest, and an amended version will appear in print in the next CORAL Magazine. For those readers unfamiliar with … Continue reading

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Hawaii Aquarium Fishery-Related Bill Update

With just a few days left to introduce new bills for consideration in the 2015 Hawaii Legislature, those on both sides of the aquarium fishery debate are getting a sense of what this legislative session will look like. There are … Continue reading

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HB 883 Defines “Cruel Treatment” of Fishes Harvested in Hawaii Aquarium Fishery

It is four days into the 2015 legislative session in Hawaii, and there are a total of six aquarium fishery-related bills that have either been introduced or are pending introduction in either the House of Representatives or the Senate. The … Continue reading

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House Bill 873 Would Prohibit the Sale of Aquatic Life for Aquarium Purposes

With the fourth day of the 2015 legislative session in Hawaii drawing to a close, there are two new aquarium fishery-related bills pending introduction in the House. The first is HB 873, which would prohibit the sale of aquatic life … Continue reading

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Hawaii Animal Transport Bill Could Cripple Aquarium Trade

In addition to the three aquarium fishery-specific bills introduced or pending introduction in the Hawaii legislature (HB 511, HB 606 and SB 322), Senate Bill 670 could significantly affect the aquarium trade in Hawaii according to trade experts. SB 670 would amend … Continue reading

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New Bill Proposes 10-Year Moratorium on Aquarium Fishing in Hawaii

The third aquarium bill is, along with HB 511, pending introduction in the Hawaii Legislature, bringing the total number of aquarium-related bills in play for 2015 to three. House Bill 606 would establishes a 10-year moratorium on the taking of … Continue reading

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