THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

931

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

S.D. 2

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO MARINE AQUARIUM FISHING.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that kanaka maoli values such as living in harmony and balance with nature, mālama āina, kuleana for the surrounding environment, the concept of aloha āina, and other Native Hawaiian traditional and customary gathering rights and cultural practices are the foundation of the constitution of the State of Hawaii's mandates related to the conservation and management of natural resources. The commercial aquarium trade is contrary to these native Hawaiian values, traditional and customary gathering rights, and other cultural practices.

The purpose of this Act is to prohibit all commercial capture of aquatic life for aquarium purposes, regardless of the method of collection, effective March 1, 2024.

This Act is intended to allow the following practices to continue:

(1) Issuance of special activity permits pursuant to section 187A-6, Hawaii Revised Statutes;

(2) Issuance of recreational permits for non-commercial capture of aquatic life for aquarium purposes, in accordance with existing laws and rulings regarding compliance with the Hawaii Environmental Policy Act; and

(3) Captive-breeding and aquaculture efforts, as regulated by section 187A-3.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

Nothing in this Act should be construed to prohibit the exercise of traditional and customary practices, the lawful taking of fish for consumption or bait, or lawful management or taking of aquatic life from fishponds.

SECTION 2. Chapter 189, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"189-   Harvesting aquatic life for commercial aquarium purposes; prohibition; definitions. (a) No person shall harvest aquatic life for commercial aquarium purposes effective March 1, 2024.

(b) This section shall not apply to the issuance of a license or permit for activities permitted in sections 187A-3.5 and 187A-6; provided that the requirements of those sections are met.

(c) For the purposes of this section:

"Aquarium purposes" means to hold salt water fish, freshwater nongame fish, or other aquatic life alive in a state of captivity as pets, for public exhibition or display, or for sale for these purposes.

"Aquatic life" means any type or species of mammal, fish, amphibian, reptile, mollusk, crustacean, arthropod, invertebrate, coral, or other animal that inhabits the freshwater or marine environment and includes any part, product, egg, or offspring thereof; or marine plants, including seeds, roots, products, and other parts thereof.

"Commercial" means to take aquatic life for profit or gain or where the aquatic life is sold, offered for sale, possessed with intent to sell, bartered, landed, or transported for sale.

"Harvest" means the taking and retaining of aquatic life by any means whatsoever."

SECTION 3. If there is any conflict with section 188-31, Hawaii Revised Statutes, this Act shall supersede.

SECTION 4. If any provision of this Act, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of the Act that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Act are severable.

SECTION 5. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect on March 15, 2094.



 

 

Report Title:

Marine Aquarium Fishing; Commercial Aquarium Fishing Prohibition

 

Description:

Prohibits harvesting aquatic life for commercial aquarium purposes by any means effective 3/1/2024. Excludes activities pursuant to special activity permits and aquaculturist licenses. Takes effect 3/15/2094. (SD2)

 

 

 

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