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Hawaii Aquarium Collecting

Current Classification on the 2017 LOF

Category III
Estimated Number of Participants 90
Target Species Coral reef species for the aquarium trade
Applicable Take Reduction Plans None
Observer Coverage Not observed
Marine Mammal Species/Stocks Killed or Injured None documented

^ Number of participants estimates are based on state and federal fisheries permit data.  The estimated number of participants is expressed in terms of the number of active participants in the fishery, when possible.  If this information is not available, the estimated number of vessels or persons licensed for a particular fishery is provided.  If no recent information is available on the number of participants, then the number from the most recent LOF is used.  NMFS acknowledges that, in some cases, these estimations may be inflating actual effort.  

*Observer coverage levels include the latest information reported in the most current final Stock Assessment Report (SAR)

(1) Indicates the stock or species is driving the classification of the fishery 

Note: Current classification based on final LOF, no proposed changes are reflected in this table.

Basis for Current Classification:  There are no known incidental mortalities or serious injuries of marine mammals in this fishery, and there is a remote likelihood of marine mammal interactions because the fishing method is highly selective (collection by hand or with small, attended nets). 

Distribution:  Primarily conducted in state waters. In 2012, there were 2,332 aquarium collecting trips. 

Gear Description: Aquarium fish collection is generally carried out by divers equipped with some form of underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA, surface supplied air, rebreather equipment). Divers use hand collection methods, sometimes in combination with the placement of short, bottom-set barrier nets. Nets are usually less than 200 ft in length or 10 ft in height, operate in depths less than 100 ft, and are actively tended. The mesh is small, less than 1 inch, to prevent gilling the smaller aquarium fish.

Management: Managed by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources/Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR). An annual permit to collect reef fish is required. Regional bag, slot, and species-specific bans on live harvest may apply in certain designated areas.

 

Historical Information

Original Category (Year added to the LOF) III (2015)
Original Number of Participants 90
Basis for Original Classification There are no known incidental mortalities or serious injuries of marine mammals in this fishery, and there is a remote likelihood of marine mammal interactions because the fishing method is highly selective (collection by hand or with small, attended nets).
Past Names None
Species/stocks historically documented as killed or injured (but not currently on the list) N/A

 

Timeline of Changes


 

Updated June 19, 2017