Experts think Aquarium Fishery should be in Hawaii’s Coral Reef Management Plan
The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources announced a plan in November to deal with extensive bleaching of reefs in the US state. But most people think the coral reef management plan is not effective as an important aspect has been ignored. Most Hawaiians, more than 15 environmental groups and two state agencies think ‘the aquarium fishery’ has not been considered in the plan which should not be ignored.
The isolated volcanic archipelago is one of the biggest providers of fish to the US aquarium trade. The state transports thousands of fish to other parts of the country to be sold in various pet stores. As per reports, more than two-third of aquarium fish caught comes from Kona coast.
Talking to The Associated Press, aquatic biologist William Walsh said there will be no effect even if aquarium collecting is banned. But the State Office of Environmental Quality Control and members of the state Environmental Council don’t think the same way. They wrote a letter to Suzanne Case, chair of Department of Land and Natural Resources, and David Ige, governor of Hawaii, to look into the matter.
According to Igna Gibson, the Hawaii state director of the Humane Society, “It’s very irresponsible and it's very short sighted. The number one thing that coral reef managers must do during these types of natural disasters is protect the herbivores. They keep reefs free of algae, which exacerbates bleaching”.
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