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Land Board Bans Scuba Spearfishing in West Hawaii

·By civilbeat

The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources voted on Friday to approve a new set of rules governing fishing on the west side of the Big Island. 

The new rules ban spearfishing with scuba gear, impose new restrictions on aquarium fishing and revise the boundaries of the fisheries management area off of Puako.

The six-member board listened to about seven hours of testimony, much of it from disgruntled fishermen who oppose the new restrictions, before making a final decision. 

William Aila, who is both chair of the board and the Department of Land