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Wespac Still Pushing Obama To Lift Marine Monument’s Fishing Ban Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Wespac Still Pushing Obama To Lift Marine Monument’s Fishing Ban

The federal advisory body’s leaders want a five-year delay of the commercial fishing prohibition around Papahanaumokuakea.

Fisheries Commission Takes Steps To Keep Observers Safe Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Fisheries Commission Takes Steps To Keep Observers Safe

The last-minute agreement represented one of the week’s few accomplishments, but more action on tuna is expected next year.

Tuna Commission’s ‘Glacial’ Pace Suits Some In Industry Just Fine Courtesy: Visuals Unlimited/WWF

Tuna Commission’s ‘Glacial’ Pace Suits Some In Industry Just Fine

Diverse interests always seem to stymie a global organization charged with saving bluefin and bigeye tuna from overfishing.

Uncertainty Over Trump Won’t Derail Palau’s Marine Reserve Plans Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Uncertainty Over Trump Won’t Derail Palau’s Marine Reserve Plans

The Pacific island nation partners with The Nature Conservancy to boost accountability and looks for lessons elsewhere — but not Hawaii.

Bula! Pacific Tuna Commission Gets To Work On Fishing Policies Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Bula! Pacific Tuna Commission Gets To Work On Fishing Policies

A Civil Beat reporter catches a red-eye flight to Fiji, where hundreds of people are discussing the health of tuna populations.

City Still Misuses Hanauma Bay Funds, Advocacy Group Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Still Misuses Hanauma Bay Funds, Advocacy Group Says

Honolulu officials have agreed to an independent financial audit of revenue from Oahu’s prime snorkeling venue.

Hawaii Senate Reveals Committee Chairs For Next Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate Reveals Committee Chairs For Next Session

Among the changes, Karl Rhoads will steer the Water and Land Committee, Mike Gabbard the Agriculture and Environment Committee.

Will Trump Be Able To Undo Papahanaumokuakea? Courtesy: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Will Trump Be Able To Undo Papahanaumokuakea?

The president lacks the express authority to revoke a national monument designation but Congress can do it.

Film Tax Credit Benefitting Hawaii? Courtesy: Petty Officer 2nd Class Nardel Gervacio/Wikimedia

Film Tax Credit Benefitting Hawaii?

A state audit has found the information on the tax credit reported by the Hawaii Film Office to be “incomplete, inflated, and insufficient.”

Hawaii House Unveils Lineup Of Committee Chairs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii House Unveils Lineup Of Committee Chairs

Rep. Scott Nishimoto will take over as head of Judiciary and Rep. Richard Creagan will steer Agriculture.

Hawaii Environmental Leaders Worry About The Trump Years PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Environmental Leaders Worry About The Trump Years

The state has traditionally relied on federal agencies to assist — and sometimes direct — its efforts to protect the environment.

Ige Taps New State Comptroller Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Taps New State Comptroller

Gov. David Ige has appointed Rod Becker to replace Doug Murdock as director of the Department of Accounting and General Services.