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A tiger shark baited and left for dead off Oahu's North Shore.

We're sad to announce that House Bill 808 was amended during its recent hearing to exclude sharks completely, leaving just rays. This was due to the relentless opposition from multiple biologists at Hawaii Institute Of Marine Biology and Shark Tagger Hawaii, who were allegedly unwilling to fill out a permit that would exempt their research. It isn't the first time some of these individuals have tried to block bills that would further protect sharks in Hawaii. In 2010, Kim Holland also opposed the bill to prohibit the possession of shark fins in Hawaii before it was, thankfully, signed into law anyway. He also opposed a law in 2009 to better protect manta rays in Hawaii.

The handful of biologists, most notably Holland, Melanie Hutchinson, and Carl Meyer, claimed the bill would hinder their research efforts despite being repeatedly informed that research purposes would be exempt. Supporters of the bill have speculated that the biologists may have been concerned their controversial tagging methods would be looked at more closely if the bill passed. This is due to the backlash their tagging has received over the years, some resulting in accidental deaths, and a recent video of a pregnant tiger shark giving birth while being tagged, which other biologists criticized as a possible premature abortion from the stress of the capture. Thankfully, the shark pups were apparently already close to term and appeared to swim off strongly. Hopefully, the other pregnant tiger sharks they're considering targeting as tagging patients fair as well.


Whatever their reasoning is, we hope those who fund the work of these biologists are made aware of their efforts to oppose legislation to better protect sharks.


We encourage you to contact the opposing biologists and encourage them to put the safety of sharks before their permit paperwork.


Kim Holland: kholland@hawaii.edu

Carl Meyer: carlm@hawaii.edu

Melanie Hutchinson: melanie.hutchinson@noaa.gov


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Updated: Apr 6, 2019


Photo By Serenity Fitzpatrick

We are relieved to tell you House Bill 808 to protect sharks and rays from purposeful fishing/killing has passed its latest committee hearing this week despite some pretty shameful opposition from biologists from Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) and Shark Tagger Hawaii who unfortunately have not found it worth the extra paperwork and “unnecessary bureaucracy” they believe the bill will have on their tagging methods. This is a move that a few of the same individuals also attempted during Hawaii's bill to ban shark finning in 2010, which was ultimately successful.

This tiger shark was found the day before the hearing with her jaw cut out of her face. It’s hard to believe that self proclaimed shark lovers are not willing to fill out some extra paperwork to make these types of actions illegal in a state where sharks are treasured and have had significant cultural importance and respect long before western law. Even more so when one of the other tiger sharks that washed up dead from a targeted fishing incident last year was a shark their team had tagged. If it were up to you, wouldn’t you be willing to fill out a little extra paperwork to prevent these types of kills from happening?


Please encourage HIMB and Shark Tagger Hawaii to get on board with this bill.


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