HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2669

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2010

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to walu.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that eating more than six ounces of walu can cause severe diarrhea and digestive problems due to the fish's high level of indigestible wax esters. The appearance of walu is practically indiscernible from butterfish and is often sold or mislabeled as butterfish, to the detriment of the consuming public.

The purpose of this Act is to protect the public by prohibiting the taking, sale, or possession of walu.

SECTION 2. Chapter 188, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"188- Walu; prohibition. (a) It is unlawful for any person to wilfully fish for, or attempt to take by any means whatsoever, from any of the waters within the jurisdiction of the State, or to sell, offer for sale, or possess any walu, also known as escolar or lepidocybium flavobrunneum.

(b) The department of land and natural resources may adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 to effectuate this section."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Walu; Prohibition

 

Description:

Prohibits the catching, selling, or possession of walu in Hawaii.

 

 

 

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