STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2083
RE: S.B. No. 753
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred S.B. No. 753, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO AQUACULTURE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to appropriate funds to the Department of Agriculture for the revitalization of the State's Aquaculture Development Program, including the strengthening of staff expertise and capabilities to assist the State's aquaculture industry in data collection and dissemination, species and site selection, permit acquisition, product and technical services marketing, and targeted research and extension services from the University of Hawaii on a cost-sharing basis.
The Hawai‘i Farm Bureau, Maui County Farm Bureau, Local Food Coalition, Cyanotech Corporation, Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii, Blue Ocean Mariculture, Molokai Sea Farms, Hawaii Farmers Union United, Hawaii Aquaculture & Aquaponics Association, and numerous individuals testified in support of this measure. The Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture Planning & Advocacy LLC, and two individuals provided comments.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 753, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,
SYLVIA LUKE, Chair