STAND. COM. REP. NO. 779
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 Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 808 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, and establishing criminal penalties and administrative fines for, the capture, taking, possession, abuse, entanglement, or killing of any shark within marine waters; and
(2) Expanding the protection, subject to certain limited exceptions, to all rays within state marine waters.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, One Ocean Research, West Hawaii Humane Society, Animal Rights Hawai‘i, For the Fishes, Friends of Hanauma Bay, O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, and numerous individuals submitted testimony in support of this measure. A few individuals submitted testimony in opposition to this measure. The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Center for Hawaiian Sovereignty Studies, and a few individuals offered comments on this measure.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Specifying the geographic scope of the protection of sharks;
(2) Adding a self-defense and defense of others exemption to the prohibition against the capture, taking, possession, abuse, entanglement, or killing of any shark;
(3) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2050, to promote further discussion; and
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 808, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 808, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs,
RYAN I. YAMANE, Chair