Judge sends fishing license petition back to land board

WAILUKU, Maui — An environmental court judge is reversing a decision that denied a Native Hawaiian fisherman’s petition to stop Hawaii officials from issuing commercial fishing licenses to those who aren’t legally admitted into the United States.

The judge earlier this week issued a written order sending Malama Chun’s petition back to the state Board of Land and Natural Resources.

Chun appealed after the board denied his petition. He filed his petition last year in response to an Associated Press investigation that found hundreds of foreign fishermen confined to boats and some living in subpar conditions. Hawaii grants the foreign fishermen licenses to fish, but they aren’t allowed to enter the country.

The board said Chun didn’t show how not issuing the licenses would address his concerns about overfishing and cultural practices.


  1. 4whatitsworth January 26, 2018 2:12 pm

    Thanks for the update WHT. There is just a tone of corruption between foreign entities and the DLNR. Currently the quota is set to go up an additional 800,000 lbs in 2018. Most of this fish caught in Hawaii waters by foreign workers and shipped out at $2 Lb. This is crazy so good luck to Malama Chun!

  2. Michael January 29, 2018 7:00 am

    DLNR is a disgusting corrupt organization that needs to have its leadership removed along with all of its ‘security’ officers. Too many examples of abuse of power and selling our natural resources to the highest bidder.

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