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Gov Approves New Big Island Fishing Restrictions

·By civilbeat

Gov. Neil Abercrombie approved a set of new rules on Saturday that restrict fishing on the west side of the Big Island. 

The rules ban spearfishing with scuba gear, impose new restrictions on aquarium fishing, revise the boundaries of the fisheries management area off of Puako and limit the number of certain species that can be caught. 

The rules have been in the works for 10 years, spanning three administrations. 

The Board of Land and Natural Resources voted in favor of the rules last June, but it took six months for Abercrombie to