HONOLULU – State Land Board approves emergency ban on sea cucumber harvesting

A snapshot of a boatload of sea cucumbers taken recently in Waimanalo got people’s attention, but not in a good way. Land board members heard from Native Hawaiians who say even though they worry about how their cultural gathering rights will be affected, they support this temporary ban on the taking of sea cucumbers.“It’s a boom or bust fishery. The fishermen can collect a large number of animals in a small amount of time.” Alton Miyasaka, Aquatic Resources, said 17 people recently applied for commercial fishing licenses. Read the rest here 09:28

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