Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.B. No. 227
                                        S.D. 1

Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Economic Development, to which was
referred S.B. No. 227 entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:
     The purpose of this measure is to require the Department of
Land and Natural Resources to designate a moorage of up to ninety
feet for the sole use of commercial fishing vessels in each small
boat harbor.

     The Committee received testimony in support of this measure
from Boat Owners Association of The State of Hawaii and Fresh
Island Fish Company.  The Department of Land and Natural
Resources (DLNR) and one individual submitted testimony in

     Your Committee finds that under current law, DLNR may set
aside moorage space for commercial fishing vessels in small boat
harbors, but is not required to do so.  As passenger vessel
activity increases at these harbors, local fishery operations are
finding it difficult to access dock space for loading, unloading,
and provisioning their boats.

     Your Committee believes support of the local fishing
industry, many of which are small, family-owned operations,
should be encouraged by providing access to necessary support
services.  Your Committee has amended this measure to:

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     (1)  Make the moorage temporary;

     (2)  Delete the word "solely" in regards to use by
          commercial fishing vessels;

     (3)  Authorize the moorage for loading and unloading for
          periods of up to three hours; and

     (4)  Delete the requirement for a valid use permit and
          payment of fees.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Economic Development that is attached to this
report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose
of S.B. No. 227, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass
Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 227,
S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Economic

                                   LORRAINE R. INOUYE, Chair

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