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Turtle populations are up!

We wish to thank the DNLR, the state legislature and federal government agencies like NOAA for all the legislation in the past that has led to increase fish counts. Monk seal counts on Oahu are up from one in the 80's to 30 today. Monk seals are now 103 in the main Hawaiian Islands with the biggest population in the northwest Hawaiian Islands.Turtle counts up and whale counts up to 10,000 across the state! GREAT JOB!

Hawaii Tropical Saltwater Aquarium Fish Sustaiability Report


Welcome to the Hawaii Tropical Saltwater Aquarium Fish Sustaiability Report! This site is dedicated to the love for Tropical Marine Fish and the Oceans in Hawaii.

Marine scientists, ecologists and the Hawaii Government members are interested in the issue of sustainability for the Hawaii Tropical Fish Industry and the future of our fisheries. Much research and data has been collected over the years. This report is a quick look at the issues associated with Hawaii Tropical Fish Industry.

Many agree that the World’s healthiest and highest quality fish come from Hawaii. The Hawaii tropical fish collector has been known as the best for ecological friendly collecting for over 50 years. The World’s fishermen and ecologists have looked to Hawaii for development of industry collecting methods.

Hawaii’s laws and collecting practices have been a positive influence and helped protect fish and fish habitats around the world.

Code of Conduct

Commercial Fisheries License & Permit

General Terms and Conditions

These general terms and conditions apply to all licenses and permits, herein after referred to as "licenses" contained in Chapter 13-74, Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) of DLNR.
I understand that:

  1. I must provide true, complete and accurate information on any license application, or any report that I am required to submit.
  2. I am responsible for renewing my license even without notification from DLNR. Unless some other expiration period is specified, licenses are valid no longer than one year from the issuance date.
  3. Upon request, I must present my license to any officer authorized to enforce State laws.
  4. I must allow my catch to be inspected by any officer authorized to enforce State laws.
  5. The State, or its agents, shall not be liable for any personal injury, death or property damage resulting from any action or activity authorized by this license.
  6. DLNR may suspend my license when such action is necessary for the protection and conservation of marine life.
  7. The Board of Land and Natural Resources may revoke any license, except the Aquarium Fish Permit. I may not renew a revoked license for one year from the date of revocation.
    DLNR may refuse to issue any or all licenses if I do not comply with the terms and conditions of this or any other license.

Terms and Conditions:

I understand and agree to abide by all general terms and conditions of the license as specified in the General Terms and Conditions, on applicable Specific Terms and Conditions forms, and as, may be provided elsewhere by law. I understand that any violation of any term or condition of this license, including any misstatement of fact or circumstance, may result in the invalidation and/or revocation of this license, and the prosecution of an enforcement action against me as specified in the Hawaii Revised Statutes, Chapters 187A, 188, and 189. In the event of any difference between the terms and conditions of this license, as stated above, and the applicable administrative rules or law, the rules and law shall apply.

My electronic signature shall be considered as my agreement to comply with all requirements and may be recorded electronically through the Internet licensing application. This procedure is deemed lawful under the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, Section 489E, Hawaii Revised Statutes.


Specific Terms and Conditions

The licensee refers to any person issued a commercial marine license (§13-74-20, Hawaii Administrative Rules). The commercial marine license allows the licensee to take marine life for commercial purposes.
I understand that:

  1. Licenses issued to individuals are non-transferable and cannot be used by anyone else.
  2. It is illegal to take fish or marine life with intent to sell without a valid commercial marine license.
  3. I must be a U.S. citizen or be legally admitted into the United States of America in order to qualify for the license.
  4. Although the Federal Privacy Act of 1974 was amended to allow disclosure of Social Security Number for federal and state Child Support Enforcement investigation, DLNR has not amended the Hawaii Administrative Rules to require disclosure for licensing purposes. I may, however, voluntarily provide this information.
  5. I must pay an individual resident license fee of $50.00 or $200.00 for non-resident.
  6. Unless exempted from the report requirement, I must complete and submit fishing reports to DLNR by the tenth day of the following month, until my license expires. For example, the May fishing report must be submitted by June 10th.
    a. Submit fishing reports on all fishing activities during a month.
    b. Submit the "Did Not Fish" report postcard to DLNR by the tenth day of the following month, if you did not fish during a month.

Special Dedication

Diving and collecting tropical fish is very dangerous and physical. I wish to dedicate this report to those who have died and who were paralyzed while collecting tropical fish.

Tropical Fish Are Thriving in Hawaii

Tourist diver at Waikiki surrounded by fish

Our Goals

* To educate everyone on the facts of tropical fish habitat

* To help protect tropical fish habitat in a wise manner

* To help provide healthy Island economics

* To encourage everyone to exchange factual information on tropical fish