In the early hours of yesterday morning we heard the news that the Hawaiian ornamental fishing industry had lost its latest hearing of a protracted legal battle against those trying to shut down their industry.
The judge’s ruling has halted all aquarium industry fish collection in Hawaiian waters state wide. The state is in the process of notifying any existing permit holders that their permits are no longer valid with immediate effect. This is obviously devastating news for the fishers and their families as without a legislative fix it is highly unlikely that the ruling will be overturned for at least 2 years, even if the industry is able to financially continue the fight.
Unfortunately you will no longer be seeing wild collected species found solely/mainly in Hawaiian waters appearing on availability lists. These species include;
Red tail wrasse
4 line wrasse
Hawaiian cleaner wrasse
Other fishes associated with Hawaii, such as flame angels, should still be available as they are collected from other locations in the Pacific Ocean.