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Old 01-15-2013, 04:31 PM   #1
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Ok to take Live Rock from Ocean?

Hawaii State Law states: The taking of sand, coral rubble or other marine deposits is permitted in certain circumstances. The material may not exceed one gallon per person per day, and may be taken only for personal, noncommercial purposes. HRS 171-58.5, HRS 205A-44

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You cannot break off anything from the Live Reef but anything that becomes removed on its own and rolls into the shoreline is legal. . .
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It is unlawful to take, break or damage, any implement, any rock or coral to which marine life of any type is visibly attached. HAR 13-95-71
That sounds like live rock to me.
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That sounds like live rock to me.
I agree...
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"Under Hawaii law it is illegal to take live coral and live rock -- rock that has organisms living in it"
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There is an article online about a gentlemen who was indited for the collection of live rock. Live rock, rock that has living organisms attached or living in it is different from coral rubble (broken fragments of dead coral). It is not ok to collect LR from Hawaii waters regardless of the quantity or the use.
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I posted that same article before.
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To answer the question. "Is it ok to take live rock from the ocean?"

No it's not. It's wrong to do so as it disrupts nature more then we are disrupting it ourselves. We shouldn't lend a hand even more.

And it's illegal.
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Seems to be some confusion as to what is Live Rock.
When I go to the shore(dont be jealous) I pick the "Rubble"(dead coral) that washes in or has broken off the reef(which is very close to shore). This Rubble has live bacteria living in the "Rubble". So its considered Live Rock.
You cannot break off pieces of the living coral reef to harvest living things on or in them, that is illegal.
You New Yorkers or Mainlanders are just jealous I can go to a young beach, pick live rock and just put it in my tank without curing it.
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Seems to be some confusion as to what is Live Rock.
When I go to the shore(dont be jealous) I pick the "Rubble"(dead coral) that washes in or has broken off the reef(which is very close to shore). This Rubble has live bacteria living in the "Rubble". So its considered Live Rock.
You cannot break off pieces of the living coral reef to harvest living things on or in them, that is illegal.
You New Yorkers or Mainlanders are just jealous I can go to a young beach, pick live rock and just put it in my tank without curing it.
Which is it now? This was your original question.....
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I live in Hawaii and have a 100gal Mixed Reef Tank been running for 4 months.
Presently have about oh 75lbs of live rock straight from the ocean.
Is it ok to add Live Rock straight from the ocean within a matter of few hours from 5 gallon buckets 1/4th filled with ocean water straight to my tank?
What Ive been doing is soaking rock in fresh water for 1 hour to get rid of all unwanted critters first, then shooting rock with a power hose to remove sponges and the likes, then add to tank.
Since rock came straight out the ocean Im thinking my procedure is fine but want your opinions.
thanx
You posted 2 very different "methods" of collecting. Fist you say it came out of the ocean loaded with critters and sponges, then after your state laws were pointed out to you, you say you picked stuff from the shore. Bottom line is you should know what's legal and what isn't and you do what you think is right.
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