Land Board Rejects Impact Statement On Aquarium Collecting in West Hawai‘i

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Enforcement officers seized and later released  these fish on February 20 after receiving information regarding alleged illegal harvesting of aquarium fish in waters off Kawaihae, Hawai`i. A vessel inspection found aquarium fishing gear, including a small mesh net, and 550 live tropical fish of various species in the hold, according to a Department of Land and Natural Resources press release.

On May 22, after hours of public testimony and a long executive session to discuss legal matters, the Board of Land and Natural Resources unanimously voted to deny a recommendation from the Department of Land and Natural . . .

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