PERMITS AND REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR AQUACULTURE IN HAWAIʻI
The Permits and Regulatory Requirements for Aquaculture in Hawaii Guidebook was prepared by John S. Corbin, Aquaculture Planning and Advocacy LLC, for the Aquaculture and Livestock Support Services (ALSS) program, Hawaii Department of Agriculture. ALSS and the author gratefully acknowledge the value of a previous permits report, published in 1995, and prepared by John H. Bay for the Aquaculture Development Program, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. Further, the author wishes to thank the permitting agencies who assisted in the preparation of this document.
This guide is designed to help prospective aquaculture projects have a better understanding of the Hawaii permitting process, and is not a legal document. Further, the guide book should not be relied on exclusively to determine a project’s legal and permitting responsibilities. Some permits and licenses not included in this guide may be necessary to site, build, and operate a particular project.
The Department of Agriculture (DOA) and the State of Hawaii are not responsible for delays or losses caused by the permit processing and approval experience should it differ from that written in this guide book. Additionally, this guidebook is not meant to be a substitute for hiring professional permitting assistance should the scope and complexity of any specific project warrant it.
The DOA recommends that each aquaculture project carefully assess the need to hire a professional consultant familiar with these federal, state and county permits to assist in the process. Further, the DOA also strongly recommends contacting the relevant permitting agencies early in the project planning process to begin discussions of the information requirements for the proposed site, production technology and species chosen.
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