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Hawaii lawmakers kill bill to limit fishing nets

By Associated Press

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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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