Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Hawaii's Aquarium Fishery: Regulated, Valuable, Sustainable
By Video @ 1:38 AM :: 7354 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Hawaii's Aquarium Fishery: Regulated, Valuable, Sustainable

Published on Nov 20, 2016

This 15-minute documentary: HAWAII’S AQUARIUM FISHERY: REGULATED, VALUABLE, SUSTAINABLE, was released November 20, 2016 by the Big Island Association of Tropical Fishermen.

The program features data, analysis and statements by Hawaii-based marine biologists who affirm that the West Hawaii aquarium fishery is sustainable and valuable.

- Aquarium fish collecting started over 40 years ago. Since then not one species has gone extinct, nor are any listed as threatened or endangered.

- Populations of yellow tang and kole have increased by millions of fish since surveys began.

- The Aquarium fishery is economically the most valuable inshore fishery in the state of Hawaii generating over $1.5 million in 2014.

- It is the most intensively managed of all fisheries in the State with restrictions on which species can be collected.

- 35% of the West Hawaii coastline is off-limits where no aquarium fishes can be collected.

Dr. William Walsh, with the State Division of Aquatic Resources, DLNR, explains why the fishery for yellow tangs is sustainable:

1. Adult Yellow Tangs are not collected, allowing brood stock to flourish. They may live up to 40 years.

2. Yellow tangs are not targeted as a food fish, which also allows brood stock to remain intact

3. Fish Replenishment Areas or FRA’s are successful in the management of aquarium-fish populations

Dr. Richard Pyle, from the Bishop Museum and a world-authority on the exploration of coral reefs using rebreather technology, explains the educational value of aquariums, and how his childhood fascination with aquariums inspired him to become a marine biologist.

Dr. Randall Kosaki, NOAA’s Deputy Superintendent of the Papahanaumokuakea National Marine Monument, similarly expresses how the influence of home and public aquariums shaped his career. He emphasizes that aquarium fish collecting has minimal impact on coral reefs compared to real threats such as coral bleaching and ocean pollution.

Other subjects in the program illustrate recent advances in the culture of aquarium fish species, how fish are collected without damaging the reef, and the methods used to transport fish around the world.

The program was produced by Dr. Bruce Carlson, and Les Matsuura, both formerly with the Waikiki Aquarium. The program was funded by the Big Island Association of Tropical Fishermen.


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii