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Two New Maui Marine Life Conservation Districts Considered

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   March 1st, 2011 · 2 Disqus Comments · Featured, Maui News

By Wendy Osher

File photo by Wendy Osher.

The Senate Judiciary today considers a bill relating to aquatic life in Maui waters. Senate Bill 580 seeks to establish two new marine life conservation districts on the island of Maui, in addition to the ones that already exist at Honolua-Mokule’ia Bay, and the other at Molokini Shoal.

Supporters of the bill say it will protect Hawaii’s fragile reef system from over-harvesting of coral reef wildlife by those in the aquarium trade. Tropical fish collectors, meantime, have testified against the bill saying it fails to address the true threats and instead penalizes hobbyists.

Under the bill, the division of aquatic resources would be required to report to the legislature on the effectiveness and enforcement of the conservation district designation. The conservation districts would extend three miles or less from the shoreline of Maui into state marine waters.

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  • fishonareef

    Ouch! That would be redundant. Those sites already are MLCDs.

    • Maui Now Staff

      Thank you for your comments. You are correct. For clarification, the bill states that: In addition to marine life conservation districts as established by the department of land and natural resources pursuant to section 190-2, including marine life conservation districts on the island of Maui at Honolua-Mokuleia Bay and Molokini Shoal, the department of land and natural resources shall establish two additional marine life conservation districts, each one extending three miles or less from the shoreline, as defined in section 205A-1, of the island of Maui into state marine waters.