STAND. COM. REP. NO.3332
RE: S.C.R. No. 117
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Economic Development and Technology, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 117 entitled:
"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO PRIORITIZE THE USE OF THE OCEAN AND COASTAL AREAS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to request the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to adopt rules for the management of boating, fisheries, and public use of the ocean and coastal areas with the following priorities:
(1) Protection of natural resources;
(2) Native Hawaiian practices;
(3) Non-commercial recreational use;
(4) Commercial recreational use; and
(5) Non-recreational use.
Testimony in opposition to this measure was received from the Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, Ocean Tourism Coalition, Paradise Cruise, Ltd., Aqua Lung Pacific, Trilogy Excursions, Capt. Andy's Sailing Inc., and HoloHolo Charters Inc.
Your Committee finds that the ocean and coastal areas must be prioritized to comply with constitutional mandates, to avoid user conflicts, and to continue the vitality of our ocean tourism industry.
Your Committee has amended this measure by requiring DLNR to conduct public hearings to provide information on existing and potential uses of coastal zone waters.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Economic Development and Technology that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 117, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Water, Land, Energy and Environment, in the form attached hereto as S.C.R. No. 117, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Economic Development and Technology,
ROD TAM, Chair