As some of you may know, there has been a big pushback on the collection of fishes from Hawaii for many years now. Legislation has been written to fully close down the Hawaii fishery (meaning no more Hawaiin fish collection), greatly limit the Hawaiian fishery, and everything in between. Every time the bill’s have not passed, until now. Hawaii SB1240has passed the House and Senate, now awaiting Governor Ige’s signature. The bill was amended several times prior to passing, however, if enacted would cripple one of the best-managed fisheries in the world. This bill would quickly lead to Hawaii fishes having astronomical cost increases, although most concerning is overlooking the comprehensive data collected over the years proving how incredibly sustainable the fishery is, which could pave the way for this to happen to other fisheries. We must encourage Governor Ige to veto this bill.Click here to show Governor Ige we want this bill vetoed. (most important route) Click here to sign another petition to veto this bill. This video by Dr. Bruce Carlson is a phenomenal look into the sustainable Hawaiian fishery. I highly encourage you to check it out!
This 15-minute documentary: HAWAII’S AQUARIUM FISHERY: REGULATED, VALUABLE, SUSTAINABLE, was released November 20, 2016 by the Big Island Association of Tropical Fishermen. The program features data, analysis and statements by Hawaii-based marine biologists who affirm that the West Hawaii aquarium fishery is sustainable and valuable. – Aquarium fish collecting started over 40 years ago.