Fish Farm Bill on Veto List

Posted by at Jun 30, 2011 12:15 PM |
Governor vetos extended leases for factory fish farms.

Mahalo to all who called or wrote to the governor to ask for his veto of SB1511. The bill, passed by the legislature this spring, would have opened the door for 65-year leases for factory fish farms in Hawaiian waters. Factory fish farming follows an industrial agriculture model and moves it into the ocean to raise fish.

SB1511 has made the Governorʻs veto list!

"Senate Bill 1511 increases the maximum lease terms for aquaculture operations from 35 to 65 years and defines “aquaculture” under Section 171-59(b), Hawaii Revised Statutes. The Governor believes oceans are always changing and providing 65-year leases is not prudent. In addition, the definition of aquaculture is too broad."

Mahalo especially to Suzanne Shriner and Christina Lizzi of FWW for their efforts on this issue!

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