STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1325
RE: H.B. No. 1712
Honorable Colleen Hanabusa
President of the Senate
Twenty-Fifth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2009
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 1712, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO FISHING,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to prevent the depletion of certain species of aquatic resources that are popular sources of recreational taking and consumption.
Specifically, this measure:
(1) Requires the Department of Land and Natural Resources to consider and incorporate, in addition to information it receives at on-going public informational meetings, available and relevant data in the adoption of new rules regulating the taking of uhu, weke/moana kali, and ulua/papio;
(2) Requires the Department of Land and Natural Resources to adopt appropriate monitoring and evaluation criteria to determine the effects of the rules it adopts regulating uhu, weke/moana kali, and ulua/papio;
(3) Makes it unlawful to take or harvest any of the four species of opihi that inhabit the Hawaiian Islands:
(A) At any time from any coastal area or nearshore waters of off-shore islets in the State;
(B) At any time from below the waterline of any coastal area or nearshore waters of the islands of the State;
(C) From above the waterline of any coastal area or nearshore waters of the State during the closed season from February 1 through May 31, and September 1 through November 30;
(D) In an amount greater than one quart of opihi with shells attached or one half pint of opihi without shells attached, per day during the open seasons; and
(E) At any time from the coastal areas or nearshore waters of the island of Oahu;
provided that restrictions on the taking or harvesting of opihi shall not affect any right customarily and traditionally exercised for subsistence, cultural, and religious purposes by native Hawaiian ahupua`a tenants;
(4) Provides that the taking and harvesting of opihi within the Kahoolawe Island Reserve shall be governed by the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission;
(5) Imposes a limit of a minimum size of ten inches and a daily bag limit on the taking of not more than two kumu, two moano ukali, and two munu on the island of Maui; and
(6) Imposes a limit of a minimum size of twelve inches and a daily bag limit of two uhu on the island of Maui.
Your Committee received thirty-four written comments on this measure. The written comments may be reviewed on the Legislature's website.
Your Committee finds that for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to runoff, sedimentation, pollution, the lack or profusion of fresh water intrusion into the marine ecosystem, overharvesting, and the introduction of invasive species, many vital marine species are threatened with irreversible damage. These species are vital for cultural, traditional, and religious practices of native Hawaiians and are also vital for recreational taking practices and for consumption, in some cases for subsistence purposes. The protection and preservation of these marine species is necessary for the benefit of today's residents and future generations of the State.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Providing that restrictions on opihi in section 4 shall take effect on June 1, 2014, and be repealed on August 31, 2014; and
(2) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2046, to allow for further discussion of the measure.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1712, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1712, H.D. 2, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONNA MERCADO KIM, Chair