THE SENATE

S.C.R. NO.

17

TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2008

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO DEVELOP AND ADOPT ADMINISTRATIVE RULES REGARDING THE CREATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF LIMITS FOR THE COLLECTION OF ORNAMENTAL REEF FISH AND URGING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF FISH REPLENISHMENT AREAS FOR THE WATERS OF OAHU AND MAUI TO REGULATE THE COLLECTION OF ORNAMENTAL, NON-CONSUMPTIVE FISH ONLY.

 

 


WHEREAS, the International Coral Reef Initiative has designated the year 2008 as the International Year of the Reef; and

 

WHEREAS, various events are scheduled throughout the year to commemorate the International Year of the Reef that will focus on increasing awareness about the economic, social, ecological, and cultural value of Hawaii's coral reefs; and

 

WHEREAS, the International Year of the Reef designation is an opportunity to bring attention to the threats that could or are currently endangering the health of Hawaii's marine ecosystems and propose and take action on international and local levels to mitigate or avoid these threats; and

 

WHEREAS, the State is home to a majority of the nation's coral reefs, including the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument established in December 2006; and

 

WHEREAS, Hawaii's reefs are vibrant, living organisms, which support over seven thousand known species of marine plants and animals; and

 

WHEREAS, the ocean and its living creatures who occupy its reefs and waters held great significance and continue to hold great importance in Native Hawaiian culture; and

 

WHEREAS, the health of Hawaii's reefs and the ecosystems associated with these reefs are an integral part to the health of Hawaii's largest economic engine the visitor industry; and

 

WHEREAS, large volumes of ornamental reef fish, which are all critical to the health of Hawaii's reefs, are being collected for aquariums, including herbivores such as yellow tang and other surgeon fish, Hawaiian cleaner wrasse, and butterfly fish; and

 

WHEREAS, the collection of reef fish for aquariums is not effectively regulated and enforced as it is difficult to quantify the exact number of ornamental reef fish taken from the State's reefs; and

 

WHEREAS, the development and implementation of rules regarding the regulation of taking ornamental reef fish for aquarium use will assist in the protection and conservation of Hawaii's reef fish and the health of their delicate ecosystems; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-fourth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2008, the House of Representatives concurring, that the Department of Land and Natural Resources, in consultation with the University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Department of Oceanography, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, and the Waikiki Aquarium, is urged to develop and adopt administrative rules regarding the collection of ornamental reef fish for aquarium use from Hawaii's reefs; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Land and Natural Resources is urged to develop and adopt administrative rules, that will recommend to the Board of Land and Natural Resources appropriate and reasonable limits on the collection of ornamental reef fish, including the establishment of limits to facilitate the restoration and preservation of reef fish in Hawaii's waters; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Land and Natural Resources is urged to establish fish replenishment areas for the waters surrounding Oahu and Maui, the purpose of which shall be limited to the replenishment of ornamental, non-consumptive fish. The fish replenishment areas for Oahu and Maui are requested to be modeled after the program established by the West Hawaii Fisheries Council; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Governor; the Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources; the Director of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; the Administrator of the Division of Aquatic Resources; the Administrator of the Division of Conservation and Enforcement; the Administrator of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs; the Mayor, City and County of Honolulu; the Mayor, County of Hawaii; the Mayor, Maui County; the Mayor, Kauai County; the City Council Chairperson of the Honolulu City Council; the County Council Chairperson of the Hawaii County Council; the County Council Chairperson of the Maui County Council; the County Council Chairperson of the Kauai County Council; the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, and representatives of the University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Department of Oceanography, the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, and the Waikiki Aquarium.

Report Title:

Ornamental Reef Fish; Administrative Rules; Creation of FRA's