Aquarium trade reveals revised EIS for West Hawaii fishing

  • 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)

  • Under the updated proposal, only yellow tang (pictured), kole, orangespine unicornfish, potter’s angelfish, brown surgeonfish, thompson’s surgeonfish, black surgeonfish and bird wrasse would be allowed to be caught. (Pixabay/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Under the updated proposal, only yellow tang, kole (pictured), orangespine unicornfish, potter’s angelfish, brown surgeonfish, thompson’s surgeonfish, black surgeonfish and bird wrasse would be allowed to be caught. (Pixabay/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Under the updated proposal, only yellow tang, kole, orangespine unicornfish, potter’s angelfish, brown surgeonfish, Thompson’s surgeonfish, black surgeonfish and bird wrasse (pictured) would be allowed to be caught. (Pixabay/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Under the updated proposal, only yellow tang, kole, orangespine unicornfish (pictured), potter’s angelfish, brown surgeonfish, Thompson’s surgeonfish, black surgeonfish and bird wrasse would be allowed to be caught. (Pixabay/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Proposed annual quotas for each of the eight species on a new Revised White List are put forth in PIJAC’s revised EIS. (Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Above: A child points to a yellow tang in a fish tank at Quinn’s aquarium in this 2019 file photo. Left: A kole, one of the fish that would be allowed to be caught. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council has released a revised draft environmental impact statement with a new proposal to reopen West Hawaii’s coastal waters to commercial aquarium fishing.