Invasive species concerns, the future of Hawaii’s ornamental fishing industry, and methods for detecting cyanide used in illegal fishing practices were among the topics discussed during the annual Aquatic Experience Legislative Update of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC).
The meeting, held annually by PIJAC to provide updates on issues and legislation affecting the pet industry, took place during Aquatic Experience at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois. Hundreds of industry experts, retailers, hobbyists, and others attending Aquatic Experience attended.
A major focus of the update was the Supreme Court’s recently imposed ban on ornamental fishing in Hawaii. The ban, which invalidates existing fishing licenses and prevents new ones from being issued until an environmental impact assessment is carried out, effectively prohibits ornamental fishing in the state. Prior to the ruling, ornamental fishing had already been prohibited throughout roughly one third of West Hawaiian reefs.
“Much of this is borne by PIJAC in its role as the responsible pet trade’s association. We urge the industry to donate as much as it can for the legal, legislative, regulatory, and compliance fights ahead.”
— Sandy Moore, President, Segrest Farms & Chris Buerner, President, Quality Marine