PHOTOS BY JUAN OLIPHANT
WHAT IS SB 2079?
SB 2079 is a bill to further protect Hawaii's sharks and rays by prohibiting the recreational fishing of these animals. Although sharks are seen as aumakua in Hawaii, they are still captured, left for dead, or used as bait by some fishermen. Unfortunately, with no laws in place, these actions cannot be legally pursued nor ceased. Sharks and rays play a pivotal role in the health of our oceans and have an important cultural significance in Hawaii. These animals are already being wiped out in unfathomable numbers in federal waters around the islands and all around the world. It is unnecessary to fish them for recreation in state waters and we hope you will help us make Hawaii the first state to write it into law.
HOW TO SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY:
E-mail OMHTestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov with the subject line "Attn: Chair Ing In Support of SB 2079" and tell them why you believe Hawaii should further protect sharks and rays! It can be a few words or a few pages, whatever you'd like! You can also attach a PDF if you'd rather do that!
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?
We need written testimonies for this hearing and we need as many as possible! Spread the word and encourage your friends and family to do the same!