Commercial aquarium fishing could return to Hawaii waters

Updated: Apr. 12, 2018 at 4:48 AM HST
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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Commercial aquarium fish collecting could be returning to Hawaii shores following a five-month pause.

West Hawaii Today reports that a draft environmental assessment released Sunday by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources anticipates no significant environmental impact from the practice around Oahu and Hawaii Island.

Aquarium fishers were barred from plying their trade in Hawaii waters Oct. 27 after the state Supreme Court sided with a coalition of environmental groups who said the impact of the aquarium trade has not been properly documented. At the time, there were 233 valid commercial aquarium permits.

The draft environmental assessment included data from 256 survey points around Hawaii Island and 228 around Oahu.

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