Big Island company wants to release grouper fish

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A Big Island aquaculture company wants to release giant grouper that it bred from fish acquired in Taiwan in Hawaii waters.

But state Department of Agriculture rules prohibit the release of imported fish.

West Hawaii Today reports Kampachi Farms initially wanted to breed locally caught grouper - or hapuupuu - but couldn't find a specimen.

So the company acquired broodstock from Taiwan to raise them and release their offspring.

Kampachi Farms has asked the state Department of Agriculture to revise its import permit so it can release the fish.

Board of Land and Natural Resources Chairman William Aila says it's not clear what environmental impacts would be if the fish were released. He says Kampachi Farms would be held responsible for damages if there were any negative impacts.

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