Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC

Request to:
Department of Land & Natural Resources
Law used:
State of Hawaii UIPA
Status of this request:
Request partially successful
Summary of Request
Copies of all correspondence and communications between DLNR staff and representatives of PIJAC (Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) about potential or proposed legislation, rules, or environmental assessments pertaining to fish or aquatic life taken for aquarium purposes.

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From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date Dec. 6, 2017, 7:24 a.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources
Status Awaiting response
Attachments

Aloha, Pursuant to the public records law, I would like to request the following records in electronic format sent to my email address.
Copies of all correspondence and communications between DLNR staff and representatives of PIJAC (Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) about potential or proposed legislation, rules, or environmental assessments pertaining to fish or aquatic life taken for aquarium purposes.
[... Show complete request text] Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
  1. 1 year, 6 months agoDec. 6, 2017, 7:24 a.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
  2. 1 year, 5 months agoDec. 23, 2017, midnight: This request became overdue
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date Dec. 23, 2017, 2:18 p.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Aloha, My UIPA request "Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC" (12/06/2017) was not answered in the time defined by HAR 2-71-13. Please update me on the status of my request as soon as possible. Mahalo,
  1. 1 year, 5 months agoDec. 23, 2017, 2:18 p.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date Dec. 27, 2017, 10:53 a.m.
Status Awaiting response

Aloha Ms. Umberger, We apologize for the delay in responding to you on this request. At this time, we have no record of any communication between DAR staff and the PIJAC. As some staff members are on vacation, this search result may change. If that's the case, we'll inform you promptly. Thank you for your patience. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2017 2:19 PM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79] Aloha, My UIPA request "Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC" (12/06/2017) was not answered in the time defined by HAR 2-71-13. Please update me on the status of my request as soon as possible. Mahalo,
  1. 1 year, 5 months agoDec. 27, 2017, 10:54 a.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date Dec. 27, 2017, 11:44 a.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Dear Bin, Thanks much for the response. I know that one PIJAC representative was in contact with Dir. Case this summer, and I assumed that was shared with Bruce Anderson, but maybe I'm wrong. In any case, since PIJAC is making pubic statements that they are "holding discussions with state officials on the industry's role regarding a planned environmental impact survey," and since the Governor's office said it's not their office, I'm assuming it must be DLNR/DAR. I hope this information further clarifies. Sincerely yours, Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 5 months agoDec. 27, 2017, 11:44 a.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date Dec. 27, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Status Request resolved

Hi Rene, I'll work on your cue and get back to you. It will take a while as I'll be out from tomorrow until January 8. Thanks and Happy New Year! Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 11:45 AM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79] Dear Bin, Thanks much for the response. I know that one PIJAC representative was in contact with Dir. Case this summer, and I assumed that was shared with Bruce Anderson, but maybe I'm wrong. In any case, since PIJAC is making pubic statements that they are "holding discussions with state officials on the industry's role regarding a planned environmental impact survey," and since the Governor's office said it's not their office, I'm assuming it must be DLNR/DAR. I hope this information further clarifies. Sincerely yours, Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 5 months agoDec. 27, 2017, 4:10 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date Jan. 23, 2018, 1:28 p.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Aloha Bin, Still awaiting the records from my UIPA request forr DLNR Communications with PIJAC representatives (12/06/2017). Can you please update me on the status of my request as soon as possible? Mahalo,
  1. 1 year, 4 months agoJan. 23, 2018, 1:28 p.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date Jan. 23, 2018, 3:57 p.m.

Hi Rene, We know that. Just waiting for Bruce to work on his computer. He said he'll do that, but didn't come in that much time. So please wait for a while for that. Sorry for the delay. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 1:28 PM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79] Aloha Bin, Still awaiting the records from my UIPA request forr DLNR Communications with PIJAC representatives (12/06/2017). Can you please update me on the status of my request as soon as possible? Mahalo,
  1. 1 year, 4 months agoJan. 23, 2018, 3:58 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date Jan. 29, 2018, 4:11 p.m.
Attachments

Hi Rene, In regard to this request, these are all we have. They really had very little communication with the PIJAC. Let me know if you have any questions. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 1:28 PM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79] Aloha Bin, Still awaiting the records from my UIPA request forr DLNR Communications with PIJAC representatives (12/06/2017). Can you please update me on the status of my request as soon as possible? Mahalo,
  1. 1 year, 4 months agoJan. 29, 2018, 4:11 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
  2. 1 year, 4 months agoFeb. 12, 2018, 2:36 p.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) published an attachment on request Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date Feb. 12, 2018, 2:41 p.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Hi Bin, Since Suzanne and Bruce both mentioned they were in contact with PIJAC lobbyist Jim Lynch last year, I'm sure there must be more. In fact, Bruce just told us last week that he had shared information with them. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 4 months agoFeb. 12, 2018, 2:41 p.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date Feb. 12, 2018, 3:42 p.m.

Hi Rene, Suzanne conducted her search and informed me that she had no more record other than those emails I gave you. Bruce told me that he did have some talks with Jim Lynch last year, but they never directly talked about PIJAC's business and Lynch never stated that he represented or was involved with PIJAC. That's why we concluded that there is no such record at all. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Monday, February 12, 2018 2:41 PM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79] Hi Bin, Since Suzanne and Bruce both mentioned they were in contact with PIJAC lobbyist Jim Lynch last year, I'm sure there must be more. In fact, Bruce just told us last week that he had shared information with them. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 4 months agoFeb. 12, 2018, 3:43 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date March 17, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Dear Bin, Jim Lynch has been registered with the Ethics Commission as a PIJAC lobbyist since May 2017. See: http://files.hawaii.gov/ethics/lobreg... PIJAC is representing the AQ trade. Lynch therefore represents both. We'd appreciate receiving everything. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 3 months agoMarch 17, 2018, 10:13 a.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date March 20, 2018, 11:25 a.m.

Hi Rene, Bruce Anderson informed me that Mr. Lynch did not identify himself as representing PIJAC during the talk with him and they didn't discuss any PIJAC business or issues directly related to them. So perhaps you can fine tune your request and be specific of the kind of record you're asking. That could be helpful to us. Let me know. Thanks. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<e mail address>> Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:14 AM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79] Dear Bin, Jim Lynch has been registered with the Ethics Commission as a PIJAC lobbyist since May 2017. See: http://files.hawaii.gov/ethics/lobreg... PIJAC is representing the AQ trade. Lynch therefore represents both. We'd appreciate receiving everything. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 2 months agoMarch 20, 2018, 11:25 a.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date March 21, 2018, 4:28 p.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Dear Bin, It matters not whether Mr. Lynch identified himself as a PIJAC representative. He was, in fact, one. My request was for: Copies of all correspondence and communications between DLNR staff and representatives of PIJAC (Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) about potential or proposed legislation, rules, or environmental assessments pertaining to fish or aquatic life taken for aquarium purposes. As you can see, you are mistaken that the topic I'm requesting is about PIJAC. Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 2 months agoMarch 21, 2018, 4:28 p.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date March 22, 2018, 4:02 p.m.
Attachments

Hi Rene, This is all email communication with James Lynch we have now. Let me know if you have any questions. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 4:29 PM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79] Dear Bin, It matters not whether Mr. Lynch identified himself as a PIJAC representative. He was, in fact, one. My request was for: Copies of all correspondence and communications between DLNR staff and representatives of PIJAC (Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) about potential or proposed legislation, rules, or environmental assessments pertaining to fish or aquatic life taken for aquarium purposes. As you can see, you are mistaken that the topic I'm requesting is about PIJAC. Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 2 months agoMarch 22, 2018, 4:02 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date March 23, 2018, 10 a.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Dear Bin, Thank you. This is a good beginning. Per the email, Jim Lynch has been communicating with DLNR staffer David Sakoda about the AQ HEPA process. It appears the next step would be to provide the correspondence/communications and documents shared between them. Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 2 months agoMarch 23, 2018, 10 a.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date March 23, 2018, 12:16 p.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Hi Bin, In case you need me to be more specific, please also provide the attachments referred to in the emails you provided (i.e. the comments from the independent peer reviewers). ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 2 months agoMarch 23, 2018, 12:16 p.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date March 23, 2018, 3:27 p.m.

Got it. Will see and let you know. Thanks, Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Friday, March 23, 2018 12:16 PM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79] Hi Bin, In case you need me to be more specific, please also provide the attachments referred to in the emails you provided (i.e. the comments from the independent peer reviewers). ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 2 months agoMarch 23, 2018, 3:27 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date April 15, 2018, 4:02 p.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Dear Bin, I initiated this request for information on December 6. You are withholding information and I must insist that you immediately provide the below information provided to PIJAC for their AQ trade Draft Environmental Assessments for Hawaii Island and Oahu (each EA lists the 3 documents below in the literature cited sections): 1) DAR. 2018a. Permit, value, level of effort, and catch data from 1976-2017 provided by DAR per preparers request in reference to this report. 2) DAR. 2018b. 2017 summary statistics on the Yellow Tang, goldring surgeonfish, and Achilles Tang. 3pp. 3) DAR. 2018c. Impact of Commercial Aquarium Collecting on West Hawai’i Coral Cover. DAR Report. 4pp. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 2 months agoApril 15, 2018, 4:02 p.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject FW: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79]
Date April 23, 2018, 3:50 p.m.
Attachments

Hi Rene, Here is what we have for your request. The excel spreadsheets are the attachments. For Items #1 and #2, we attached a zip file containing all of the spreadsheet tables to satisfy the data requested. The 2nd item refers to 2017 summaries for yellow tang, kole and Achilles tang. This is on Table 5 - you must scroll down to calendar year 2017 and find the 3 finfish harvest totals, which are at the top of the list. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2018 4:03 PM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC [#79] Dear Bin, I initiated this request for information on December 6. You are withholding information and I must insist that you immediately provide the below information provided to PIJAC for their AQ trade Draft Environmental Assessments for Hawaii Island and Oahu (each EA lists the 3 documents below in the literature cited sections): 1) DAR. 2018a. Permit, value, level of effort, and catch data from 1976-2017 provided by DAR per preparers request in reference to this report. 2) DAR. 2018b. 2017 summary statistics on the Yellow Tang, goldring surgeonfish, and Achilles Tang. 3pp. 3) DAR. 2018c. Impact of Commercial Aquarium Collecting on West Hawai’i Coral Cover. DAR Report. 4pp. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 1 month agoApril 23, 2018, 3:50 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
  2. 10 months agoAug. 18, 2018, 9:35 a.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) set status to 'Request partially successful'.
  3. 5 months, 3 weeks agoDec. 23, 2018, midnight: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) made the request 'Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC' public.
  4. 5 months, 3 weeks agoDec. 23, 2018, midnight: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) published an attachment on request Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC.
  5. 5 months, 3 weeks agoDec. 23, 2018, midnight: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) published an attachment on request Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC.
  6. 5 months, 3 weeks agoDec. 23, 2018, midnight: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) published an attachment on request Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC.
  7. 5 months, 3 weeks agoDec. 23, 2018, midnight: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) published an attachment on request Records Request for DLNR Communications with PIJAC.