Lawsuit Challenges Hawaii’s Approval of Commercial Aquarium Fish Trade Reopening

A coalition of environmental groups, fishermen, and individuals have filed suit against the State of Hawaii’s Department of Natural Resources alleging that the state’s approval of a pet trade group’s environmental impact statement violates state law. The acceptance of the EIS would permit commercial aquarium collectors to commence extraction in certain areas for the first time since the Hawaii Supreme Court enjoined such collection in 2017. The EIS was prepared by the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC).