November 20, 2018

Aquarium fish collecting bill deferred indefinitely


Stephens Medi

A controversial bill to require holders of aquarium fish permits to specify all species collected, and in what collection areas, has been deferred indefinitely.

During Tuesday’s hearing in Honolulu, members of the Committee on Water and Land and Committee on Energy and Environment voted to hold Senate Bill 26, of which the testimony for and against was nearly equal. More than 208 people submitted written and in-person comments.

If the bill is enacted, the issuance of renewable aquarium fish permits for the collecting of indigenous species would be prohibited unless a population survey, conducted by the state Department of