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January 6, 2020


Hawaii is considering the impact that fish collection for the aquarium trade has on wild fish populations.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council has submitted an environmental impact statement "surmis[ing that] the unlimited collection of Hawaii’s reef animals has a minimal impact on the state’s coral reef ecosystem"!

“It’s common sense that this level of unrestricted take can’t be sustainable,” explains Earthjustice attorney Kylie Wager Cruz, who further notes that the state shouldn't ignore "that except for bag limits for a limited number of species, nothing prohibits these collectors from taking every single fish from every single reef in the state.”

“Hawaii is expected to lose 70% of our coral reefs in the next couple of decades, so we don’t have time for aquarium industry-sponsored justifications for raiding the reefs" - Maxx Phillips, Hawaii director with the Center for Biological Diversity.

Please let the state know that its native fishes need and deserve effective legal protection, and should be left in the wild. A brief comment will suffice but please do send one to: david.sakoda@hawaii.gov


More info is at: https://www.thegardenisland.com/2019/12/02/hawaii-news/comment-now-on-aquarium-fishing-impacts/ and see (includes video): https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2019/11/27/input-sought-proposal-resume-commercial-aquarium-fishing-off-west-hawaii/ 

The Dark Hobby is a film about this cruel industry (includes a brief trailer): https://thedarkhobby.com/index.html 

 

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