STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1180
RE: H.B. No. 808
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 808, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SHARK AND RAY PROTECTION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Prohibiting, subject to certain limited exceptions, the capture, taking, possession, abuse, entanglement, or killing of any shark within state marine waters and establishing criminal penalties and administrative fines; and
(2) Expanding the protection against capturing or killing a manta ray to include capturing, killing, taking, possessing, abusing, or entangling any ray in state marine waters, subject to certain limited exceptions.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs; The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i; One Ocean Conservation; The Pet Hale; Water Inspired Conservation Group; For the Fishes; West Hawaii Humane Society; O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i; One One Five, Ltd.; and numerous individuals testified in support of this measure. The Center for Hawaiian Sovereignty Studies and several individuals testified in opposition to this measure. The Department of Land and Natural Resources and an individual provided comments.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 808, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
CHRIS LEE, Chair