Hawaii Bill on Labor Abuses in Commercial Fishing Industry Dies

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February 2, 2017 file photo, a catch of fish is unloaded from a commercial fishing boat at Pier 38 in Honolulu. The sponsor of a Hawaii bill seeking to change the way commercial licenses are granted to foreign fishermen says the bill is in danger of dying after fishing industry representatives told lawmakers the bill could wreck the industry. The bill would restrict commercial fishing licenses to people who are legally allowed to enter the US. Caleb Jones AP

Reprinted from The New York Times by the Associated Press on March 1, 2017.

A Hawaii bill seeking to change the way commercial fishing licenses are granted has died after industry representatives told lawmakers it would wreck the industry.

State Senator Brian Taniguchi says the goal of the bill which sought more oversight of the fishing industry is the role of the federal government, not the state. …

An Associated Press investigation found some foreign fishermen were working without most basic labor protections while catching premium seafood. …

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