“Much of the year, Tinian residents will be cut off from ancestral cultural sites, subsistence gathering and recreational beaches, profoundly degrading the quality of life on the island.” A motion for summary judgment was filed in federal court on June 1.
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Hawaiʻi Scores Another Big Win in Stopping Harmful Aquarium Fishing, Protecting Reefs and Native Hawaiians
Summer Kupau-Odo, Attorney, Earthjustice: “Hawaii law requires identification of cumulative and secondary impacts, including long-term effects, of the industry’s massive mining of reef animals. The [environmental assessments], however, do not discuss any effects beyond a one-year period. That’s a glaring and troubling legal flaw, which prevents DLNR from finding no significant impact.”
Roger Fleming, Attorney, Earthjustice: "We need monitors on the boats. We have to figure it out. We should take this year and find the solution that's going to work for everybody."