It’s not uncommon for the governor to sit on controversial rules approved by the state Board of Land and Natural Resources until all or most of the kinks are worked out. Former Gov. Neil Abercrombie took months to sign rules adopted to boost dam safety, giving staff of the Department of Land and Natural Resources time to explain the new process to landowners. Abercrombie even convened his own public hearing on rules the board had already approved to ban the use of SCUBA gear with spearfishing in West Hawai`i.
At last month’s Western Pacific Fishery Management Council . . .
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