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August 2013    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 28, No. 8   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Spearfishing and Fish Collecting Limited in Hawaii -- Will It Help?

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On June 28, Hawaii's Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday voted to prohibit spearfishing by scuba divers in waters off West Hawaii. It also limited the collection of aquarium fish in the area to 40 species. The new regulations will take effect once they're signed by the governor.

The scuba spearfishing ban was the most contentious measure. Nearly 90 percent of the 565 people in West Hawaii who submitted public testimony on the topic last year supported the ban. After hearing more than six hours of testimony at its June session, much from fishermen opposing the ban, the board approved it with a 4-2 vote....


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