Draft Environmental Impact Study

Deadline for Submission: June 22, 2020

Hawai'i's Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is accepting public comments on a Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) aimed at issuing permits to 20 Oahu aquarium fisherman. This is after a two year shut down for an environmental compliance review stemming from a Supreme Court ruling.

After 2 years of compiling the most recent and comprehensive data on the fishery, this DEIS shows that the Oahu aquarium fishery has little to no detrimental impact to the environment or Native Hawaiian cultural practices. This DEIS describes scientific data from both state and federal management agencies and also includes a cultural impact assessment that directly engages the Native Hawaiian community.

Aquarium fisheries in Hawaii are likely the most sustainable near shore fisheries in the state, and we continue to work with state and federal resource managers to develop additional steps to ensure the resource is healthy for future generations.

If you would like to support Oahu’s sustainable aquarium fishery, you are invited to comment on the DEIS to let the State of Hawaii know how much you value sustainable fishing and its positive economic impact.

Please click HERE to view full DEIS document and please let your friends know about this cause.

Complete this form to submit comments IN SUPPORT of the DEIS. Comments will go directly to the Department of Aquatic Resources, DEIS Consultant, and the DEIS Applicant.

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I support DLNR's adoption of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement analyzing Issuance of 20 Commercial Aquarium Permits for the island of Oahu.

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Thank you for your continued support of The Oahu Aquarium Fishery!