New Rules Prohibiting Scuba Spearfishing Off West Hawaii Signed By Governor

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercormbie has signed new rules that officially prohibit spearfishing whilst Scuba Diving.

The state’s Board of Land and Natural Resources approved a draft of the rules this past June by a 4-2 vote.

Abercrombie’s signature caps 10 years of discussions, hearings and surveys. One such survey conducted in 2012 found that nearly 90 percent of the residents living in the area supported the scuba ban.

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John Liang

John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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