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August 14, 2020

Environmental Council Unanimously Upholds Rejection of Aquarium Trade EIS

The State of Hawai'i Environmental Council issued a unanimous decision on Thursday effectively extending the ban aimed at reopening the collection of West Hawai’i reef fish for aquarium trade. The decision signaled a victory for reef advocates, many of whom expressed concern about the impacts of commercial aquarium collection on the ocean’s health for decades.
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June 03, 2020

Reef Advocates Say Penalty for Alleged Poaching Amounts to Just 36 Cents Per Fish

A $200 fine, plus court fees, was the sole penalty issued yesterday by the South Kohala Court against 1 of 2 defendants charged with poaching 550 reef fish for the aquarium pet trade.
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May 23, 2020

Unanimous: Hawai‘i Land Board Rejects Aquarium Fishers EIS

After reviewing the applicant aquarium fishers’ proposal and testimony and deliberating for over four hours, the BLNR determined that the EIS did not adequately disclose the potential environmental impacts from the issuance of ten aquarium fishing permits for West Hawaiʻi.
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July 27, 2018

Groups Urge End to “Reef Wildlife Trafficking”

Hawaiʻi environmental and wildlife protection groups today urged Hawaiʻi Governor David Ige to immediately halt all extraction of marine animals for aquarium purposes.
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July 27, 2018

EIS Required for Commercial Aquarium Permits

The determination of the requirement for an EIS will initiate a 30-day public consultation for parties to comment on the action and to request to become consulted parties in the preparation of the draft EIS.
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April 17, 2018

Environmental Court Voids 131 Recreational Aquarium Collection Permits

More than 130 recreational aquarium collection permits are now void under a new ruling issued in Hawaiʻi's Environmental Court on Thursday.
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May 13, 2014

VIDEO: Diver Attacked While Filming Reef Fish Collector

Rene Umberger was documenting an aquarium trade wildlife collection operation on Thursday, May 8, when another diver pulled the air regulator from her mouth at 50 feet below the surface.
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December 05, 2012

Aquarium Fish Trade Focus of Proposed Rules

Here on Maui, the contentious issue of aquarium fishing in Hawaiian waters has drawn the attention of marine advocacy groups. The Maui-based group, For the Fishes, claims the industry had led to a drastic decline in the populations of reef fish in unprotected areas, has caused coral reef degradation, and depleted populations of some species.
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November 05, 2012

Rene Umberger – For The Fishes

It might be an upstream battle, but that won’t deter Rene Umberger from defending the denizens of the deep.
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January 04, 2012

VIDEO: Pet Shop Protesters on Maui Return

A second protest in as many weeks was held today on Maui as ocean advocates seek protection for Hawaii’s reef fish and coral reef. Removal of two reef species from Hawaii stores, protesters say, is not enough.
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December 28, 2011

VIDEO: Feathers Ruffled in Maui Reef Fish Demonstration

Demand for saltwater fish is what initially prompted the sale of the species in company stores. Now Petco has plans to remove Yellow Tangs from retail shops in the islands.
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