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Marine Fish Collectors Propose Limits on Number of Fish Taken From Hawaiian Waters

Bag limits to be determined based on species.

January 20, 2012

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acanthurus achilles

Under a proposal submitted to the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Achilles Tang would have a bag limit of 10 a day per diver. Photo credit: Al Castro

Hawaiian tropical fish collectors have proposed limits to the number of marine species taken off Oahu for the aquarium trade, according to a report on The  proposal came from the ranks of the collectors in an effort to tighten regulations already in place.

"We believe it's time to protect the resource, take the extra step," marine fish collector Bobby Goodwin told KITV.

The proposal calls for larger nets to be outlawed, and the bag limit determined by the species. A limit of 100 fish a day for the yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens), and 10 a day for the Achilles tang (Acanthurus achilles) have been proposed. The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources is expected hold hearings on the proposed limits and make a ruling on the limits based on species in the future. There has been conflict between marine fish collectors in Hawaii and the local fisherman, with fisherman claiming that the marine fish collectors are not regulated by the state, or regulation is not enforced. Some marine fish collectors, such as Goodwin believe that the proposals submitted to the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources, if implemented, will help to tighten up the industry and reduce an potential waste. According to the Hawaii Tropical Saltwater Aquarium Fish Sustainability Report, a report put out by marine fish collectors in Hawaii, there are currently 94 divers in the entire state of Hawaii who collect fish for the aquarium fish trade, 34 on the Big Island in Kona, 51 on Oahu and nine on Maui. Most have other jobs or dive part time.


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saundra    los angeles, CA

1/25/2012 10:03:27 AM

I hope things work out. I would be sad to one day hear that such beautiful fish are gone.

Ken    Atlanta, GA

1/23/2012 5:47:01 AM

An excellent idea! Taking responsibility and conserving the resources. Can't wait to see how it works.    Round Rock, TX

1/20/2012 6:35:12 PM

This is a very good step. It is important the fishers, in this case those collecting for the aquarium trade, are involved in decision making and recognize the potential effects of their activities.

Carl    Livermore, CA

1/20/2012 10:58:51 AM

May be the best thing for the aquarium trade. Start breeders looking closer at breeding these fish.

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