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.