Court ruling closes loophole for commercial aquarium collection

  • These multi-band butterfly fish live on reefs and are a species collected by the aquarium trade. (Contributed file photo by Robert Winter/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • This undated file photo from Oregon State University shows a school of yellow tang off the coast of Hawaii Island. The state says it is taking immediate steps to comply with a court order shutting a loophole that allowed for continued commercial aquarium fish collection despite a 2017 high court ruling that halted the practice pending environmental review. (AP Photo/Oregon State University, Bill Walsh,File)

The state says it is taking immediate steps to comply with a court order shutting a loophole that allowed for continued commercial aquarium fish collection despite a 2017 high court ruling that halted the practice pending environmental review.