On December 4, 1st Circuit Judge Jeffrey Crabtree denied a motion by the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) seeking a stay of his October 27 order halting the collection of marine life for the aquarium trade until an environmental assessment or impact statement is conducted.
In a November 8 motion, attorneys for PIJAC claimed that Crabtree’s order — which merely implemented an earlier ruling by the state Supreme Court that all commercial aquarium collection permits issued by the Department of Land and Natural Resources were illegal and invalid — “caused, and is causing, devastating harm to participants in Hawai‘i . . .
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