Environment & Energy Report

Hawaii Improperly Allows Catching Fish for Aquariums, Suit Says

Jan. 28, 2020, 6:28 PM

Hawaii shouldn’t let commercial collectors of aquarium fish operate without an aquarium permit or proper environmental review, a group of Native Hawaiians and conservationists say in state court filings.

Hawaii courts shut down the aquarium permit process pending environmental policy review in 2017, but the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources created a loophole allowing the collectors to capture fish with their commercial marine licenses as long as they don’t use fine-meshed gear, the plaintiffs say in a Hawaii Circuit Court filing.

The aquarium collectors’ "self-reported catch data” shows they’ve taken more than 576,000 “individual specimens of aquatic life”...

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