HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO SHARK AND RAY PROTECTION.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 188-39.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
§188-39.5[ ] Manta rays;] Rays; hīhīmanu;
hāhālua; hailepo; lupe; prohibitions, penalties, and
fines. (a) [ No] Except as provided in
subsection (e), no person shall knowingly capture [ or kill],
take, possess, abuse, or entangle a [ manta] ray, whether alive or
dead, or kill any ray, within state marine waters.
(b) Any person violating this section or any rule adopted pursuant to this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined:
(1) $500 for a first offense;
(2) $2,000 for a second offense; and
(3) $10,000 for a third or subsequent offense.
(c) In addition to any other penalty imposed under this section, a person violating this section shall be subject to:
(1) An administrative fine of not more than
$10,000 for each [
manta] ray captured, taken, possessed, abused, or entangled,
whether alive or dead, or killed in violation of this section;
and forfeiture of any captured [
manta] rays, commercial marine license,
vessel, and fishing equipment; and
of administrative fees and costs[
,] and attorney's fees and costs.
The criminal penalties and administrative fines and costs shall be
assessed per [
manta] ray captured, taken, possessed, abused, or
entangled, whether alive or dead, or killed in violation of this section.
This section shall not [
prohibit] apply to special
activity permits allowed under section 187A-6[ ;] or research permits
authorized by law; provided that the permit issued does not allow a take
that exceeds the potential biological removal level; and provided further that
the department shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 to define a
"take" and determine when a take exceeds the potential biological
(f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to restrict the exercise of traditional and customary rights protected pursuant to article XII, section 7, of the state constitution.
(g) For the purposes of this section, "ray" means any species of ray within the subclass elasmobranchii."
SECTION 2. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Rays; Prohibitions; Exemptions
Expands the existing prohibition on knowingly capturing or killing a manta ray in state marine waters to apply to all rays and to also include knowingly taking, possessing, abusing, or entangling a ray. Provides certain exemptions. (HB808 CD1)
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