The Hawaii HB580 Legislation that we shared earlier this year has been amended. The original bill that was introduced in January 2011 was to prohibit the collecting and selling of aquatic life for aquariums in Hawaii. Thankfully, due to lack of support and other reasons the bill was amended to throw out the ban on the aquarium industry. Instead a new section was added that reads: “”Establishes two new marine life conservation districts on the island of Maui. Requires the department of land and natural resources to report to the legislature every five years, beginning with the regular session of 2013, on the effectiveness of the conservation district designations under this Act. Requires community involvement in the report. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD2)” Hat tip goes out to all of you who contacted your local lawmakers about the pending legislation.