Tougher penalties eyed to protect ‘aquatic resources’

In this Tribune-Herald file photo from November, a visitor takes a picture of a resting sea turtle behind cones at Punaluu Black Sand Beach in Ka'u. A bill awaiting Gov. David Ige's signature creates tougher penalties for those who take, harm or kill protected aquatic life.

Among the bills passed this legislative session and sent to Gov. David Ige for his consideration is one that would stiffen penalties for violating the state’s aquatic resources law.