December 10, 2018

Aquarium bills set for Judiciary Committee hearing

A full suite of bills related to aquarium fishing continues to move ahead at the state Capitol, and several are set to be heard in the House Committee on Judiciary Friday.

On tap is House Bill 873, which began as a ban on the sale of aquatic life but instead was altered to set up a limited entry system for aquarium fishing permits and bag limits. The current system imposes no limits on permits or harvest.

Following the passage of a second reading on the House floor on Feb. 18 and revisions by the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources Hawaiian