False killer whale. Credit: Robin Baird
False killer whale. Credit: Robin Baird

APRIL 2015


From false killer whales to turtles, from bottomfish to tunas, the range of marine animals managed by federal agencies is huge. And at the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, disputes over their management came to the fore.

Our lead article and sidebars summarize many of those conflicts.

Also featured in this issue is the Department of Agriculture. While the board that governs that department is to be commended for — finally — moving forward on a rule addressing the threat of `ohi`a rust, one can only wonder why that action was delayed for too many years.

The attitudes of DOA staff, betrayed in an unintentionally released email thread, may go far to explaining that unhappy situation.


Does the Kalo`i Drainage Project Need a New EIS?

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Is the sighting of one monk seal three years after the acceptance of the Kalo`i Gulch Drainage Improvements’ final environmental impact statement (FEIS) enough “new evidence” to require a supplemental one? How about... READ MORE

Jury Finds State Owns Haleakala Bridle Trail

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Posted 04/24/2014  The long and acrimonious dispute over ownership of the Haleakala Trail has been decided. On April 23, a jury determined that the state of Hawai`i does indeed own the six-foot-wide trail... READ MORE