Update of Supreme Court ruling regarding aquarium fishing

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, the Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruled that aquarium fish collection using fine-meshed traps or nets is subject to environmental review procedures provided in the Hawai‘i Environmental Policy Act (HEPA). As a result, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) immediately discontinued issuance of aquarium fish permits.

The issue is being remanded to Circuit Court, and DLNR is now waiting for guidance on the status of un-expired aquarium fish permits and compliance with the HEPA requirement.

DLNR will provide more information as it becomes available.