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Hawaii lawmakers kill bill to limit fishing nets

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:04 p.m. HST, Jan 29, 2013

Hawaii fishermen organized successfully to kill a bill that would have limited the type of nets they use to fish.

Fishermen crowded a Senate hearing this afternoon to protest a proposal to end the use of synthetic gill nets.

Many cited the importance of fishing to their livelihood and the significance of the practice to Native Hawaiian culture.

The Sierra Club, the Conservation Council of Hawaii and several other environmental groups testified in favor of the initiative.

Environmental advocates say the nets pose a risk to monk seals and other ocean wildlife.

Sen. Mike Gabbard, who co-sponsored the bill, said the committee decided to kill the bill because the opposition was overwhelming. 

Gabbard said nearly 200 people opposed the bill.

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kaupani wrote:
What a shame. There's nothing culturally significant to using synthetic gill nets. Weak legislative move.
on January 29,2013 | 04:55PM
all_fed_up wrote:
And when all the fish run out, and these 200 "fisherpeople" no mo anything to net....guess who's going to be the first to grumble about the government not doing anything about it.
on January 29,2013 | 05:12PM
false wrote:
SAD, they dont need to throw nets in the ocean and KILL...Use a line, like everyone else.
on January 29,2013 | 05:18PM
64hoo wrote:
nothing wrong going out with a gill net in the daytime to pai pai for fish you will not take all the fish now or in the future so I am glad they scrapped that bill.
on January 29,2013 | 05:32PM
islandsun wrote:
Too bad. Most fishermen are greedy and no longer teach the kapu system. They leave their broken nets everywhere. And we are not even talking about most of the shoreline fishermen who take all the small fish and leave their litter on the rocks.
on January 29,2013 | 05:41PM
islandsun wrote:
The Sierra Club has become so weak here now. Get rid of the boss man.
on January 30,2013 | 04:23AM
lastuhu wrote:
Too many hooks, too many spears, TOO MANY NETS, too many butter knifes.
on January 29,2013 | 06:21PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
yeah, i used to pole fish and spear fish. then i found GOLF. but no can eat golf balls.
on January 29,2013 | 07:33PM
Anonymous wrote:
Because clearly the native hawaiians used synthetic gill nets back in the day. ridiculous.
on January 29,2013 | 08:19PM
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