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DLNR proposes new rule that would regulate sea cucumber harvesting

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    The State Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday passed a 120-day emergency ban on the taking, possessing, selling or offering of any sea cucumbers harvested from Hawaii waters until long term rules regulating their take can be created to ensure the sustainability of the fishery.More >>
    The State Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday passed a 120-day emergency ban on the taking, possessing, selling or offering of any sea cucumbers harvested from Hawaii waters until long term rules regulating their take can be created to ensure the sustainability of the fishery.More >>
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Department of Land and Natural Resources wants to know the public's opinion regarding a new rule that would permanently regulate sea cucumber harvesting in order to protect their sustainability. 

Back in June, the state land board unanimously approved a 120 day emergency ban on the taking, possessing, selling or offering of any sea cucumbers harvested from Hawaii waters

The proposed new rules would prohibit harvesting the creatures for commercial consumption. 

The DLNR says it would also establish an annual season for commercial harvest on Oahu. 

The tube-shaped invertebrates play a critical role in the Marine ecosystem. They are referred to as the "recyclers of the reef" or "vacuums of the sea."

Sea cucumbers clean up the sea bed by ingesting all kinds of organic matter and then discharging clean sand. Removing too many of the slow moving animals from their habit can impact their ability to reproduce and therefore lead to depletion, say officials.

The state is planning statewide public hearings during the second week of November. 

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