Of course ff, I apologize if I didnít make it clear to begin with Ė the only reason I do catch fish is because itís within Hawaii state law. After our conversation a couple of days ago I also decided to pick up an informational pamphlet to hopefully further what I believed was true. Itís illegal to set traps that are left unattended and what not, however it is legal to catch fish with hand-nets, although you are allowed no more then 4-5 per dive. I couldn't agree more, it is important to know the state law before trying to attempt to catch fish.
I have never caught more fish then I needed nor have I attempted to sell them.
In our conversation the other day we talked about how you found it odd that while your not allowed to take coral/live rock in Hawaii, you can take fish. And I thought about it somewhat, and even looked on my own practices of obtaining fish. I agree that while it hurts the environment (however small) to take even one Tang or Butterflyfish, I feel that it canít possibly hurt more then practices in places such as the Philippines where tropical aquarium fish are caught by the bucket-load.
And yeah, heh Ė I donít think youíll be able to catch tropical fish on the North Carolina coast..