Description: Challenge to revised environmental impact statement for commercial aquarium fishing.
Kaupiko v. Board of Land & Natural Resources
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 07/13/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Suit Alleged Violations of Hawai‘i Environmental Policy Act in Approvals for Commercial Aquarium Collection. A lawsuit filed in Hawai‘i state court alleged that a revised environmental impact statement for commercial aquarium fishing violated the Hawai‘i Environmental Policy Act. Among other things, the plaintiffs contended that the Board of Land and Natural Resources rejected an initial final environmental impact statement on numerous grounds, including a failure to discuss “the extreme threat of climate change” on reefs and the potential for mitigating harm if the proposed fishery had unanticipated or greater negative effects with climate change—but that the Board failed to reject a revised FEIS that repeated the inadequacies.