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Underwater confrontation of Hawaii scuba divers highlights conflict over aquarium fish trade
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, May 15, 2014 2:49 PM EDT
An underwater scuffle between two scuba divers off Hawaii is highlighting a long-running conflict over the aquarium fish industry.
Video released this week by environmentalists shows a diver ripping the air supply regulator out of the mouth of activist Rene Umberger, who is filming him.
Umberger says she retrieved the regulator and resumed breathing but says the act could have killed a less experienced diver.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources, which oversees state waters, says it is investigating "complaints by two parties involved in an incident" but declined to provide further details.