THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

1313

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

S.D. 2

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO SPORT FISH.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the northern largemouth bass is one of the most popular gamefish in the United States, and that largemouth bass have existed in the State's artificial reservoirs since 1896 and butterfly peacock bass since 1957. More than 828,000 jobs nationally are directly supported in some way by bass fishing and more than $48,000,000,000 in retail sales are directly attributed to bass fishing activities. Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Vermont all recognize bass fishing as a high school sport.

The legislature further finds that based upon fishing licenses issued by the department of land and natural resources, bass fishing in the State is far less popular than in other states. One reason for the small number of anglers fishing for bass is the lack a diverse population of these sport fish in Hawaii's artificial reservoirs. Attempts to import largemouth bass into the State to improve the fishing stock have faced intense regulatory restrictions. The current permit process to import northern largemouth bass into the State is the same as that for a species that has never been brought into Hawaii.

The purpose of this Act is to streamline the process to import live northern largemouth bass and butterfly peacock bass for the purpose of enhancing and supporting the pre-existing populations for continued recreational fishing in Hawaii.

SECTION 2. No later than January 1, 2022, the department of agriculture shall engage in a review of whether the northern largemouth bass should be placed on the list of conditionally approved animals that require a permit for import into the State maintained pursuant to section 150-6.2(a)(1), Hawaii Revised Statutes.

SECTION 3. (a) The division of aquatic resources of the department of land and natural resources shall establish a pilot project to restock northern largemouth bass, butterfly peacock bass, or both, in the Wahiawa public fishing area in central Oahu; provided that the board of agriculture has placed northern largemouth bass on the conditionally approved list that requires a permit for import into the State maintained pursuant to section 150A-6(a)(1). As part of this pilot program, the division of aquatic resources shall apply to the department of agriculture for a permit to import the northern largemouth bass and butterfly peacock bass.

(b) The department of land and natural resources, division of aquatic resources, department of agriculture, and all other relevant boards and divisions shall work together until the permitting process and pilot project are successfully completed, subject to any applicable laws and pre-existing conditions.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2021.


 


 

Report Title:

Department of Agriculture; Division of Aquatic Resources; Department of Land and Natural Resources; Northern Largemouth Bass

 

Description:

Requires the Department of Agriculture to engage in a review of whether northern largemouth bass should be placed on the list of conditionally approved animals. Requires the Division of Aquatic Resources to establish a pilot program to restock northern largemouth bass and butterfly peacock bass in the Wahiawa public fishing area and apply for a permit to import them once they have been placed on the list of conditionally approved animals. (SD2)

 

 

 

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