WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AGAINST;
Resolution 363-10 "Ban on Reef Fish Collection on
Hawai'i's Big Island 7/18/10
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AGAINST; Resolution
363-10 "Ban on Reef Fish Collection AND Export for the
Island of Hawaii"
All of us in the tropical fish industry in Hawaii need your
testimony and support against Resolution 363-10 (being heard
1:30pm Tuesday, July 20) to ban the collection of fish for export
from the island of Hawaii. Please fax and email your testimony
against Resolution 363-10 before 12:00 noon (Hawaii Standard
Time) on Monday, July 19 .
You can submit your testimony by email or by fax:
Public testimony must be submitted before 12:00 noon Monday, July
- by facsimile to (808) 961-8912
-by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you all for your support, we need it!
Tropical Fish Collector,
Big Island Aquarium Collectors Association
<A total ban on trop. collection on Kona?! Ludicrous,
unwarranted... There is no data that delineate such collection as
a principal source of stock deplenishment or environmental
degradation. Will post on WWM, and urge all to send in their
testimony. Now, how do we "vote" to limit gov't...
Link to Cover Letter,
Link to Proposal itself
Testimony re ornamental marine life
collection on Kona/Big Island 7/18/10
Aloha, my name is Robert (Bob) Fenner. I want to contribute input
toward your decision-making on Resolution 363-10. The record will
show that I own property and have lived off and on in Holualoa
(mauka of town) for years, have advanced studies in Fisheries and
am a very long time content provider in pet fish (I am the author
of the Conscientious Marine Aquarist and other works),
dive/natural history, and travel genres. I have spoken out in
favour and in opposition to both the pet-fish trade and the
consumer-scuba industries at times.
There have been numerous discussions... verbal, official and
casual, as well as proposed legislation and much public
wrangling... more like finger-pointing concerning the trop.
industry as a/the source of mortality of some species on
Kona's west/lee shore. Particularly Yellow Tangs (Zebrasoma
flavescens), among other easily-identifiable and desirable
species have been labeled as over-harvested. Other sources of
mortality, particularly habitat destruction (through sewage
effluent particularly), casual/local fishers (who target many
tropicals), have not been well-elucidated as to their likely
complicity. Where studies have been conducted, there has not been
conclusive, high-confidence (statistical) indication that
pet-fish collection is a consistent cause of depressed stocks.
Indeed, the almost entirely non-fished windward side of Kona
serves as a ready stock to maintain higher numbers of individuals
(these species are egg/sperm scatterers w/ young having long
planktonic phase life cycles) to prevent population losses.
Further, the gear employed by tropical fish collectors (largely
fence nets, secondarily night hand-net fishing) are too
inefficient to exceed levels defined as optimum and maximum
sustainable yields in fisheries.
Further comment should be made to the positive
"effects" and ripples of ornamental collection in the
islands. Not only does this bring in much needed hard currency,
with these tropicals being exported, re-exported around the
world, but a huge amount of interest and draw for tourism to
Hawai'i' is generated by showing people/aquarists the
beauty, and high degree of endemism (about a quarter of the
species on the reefs are found only there) of
For the above stated reasons I am principally in favour of
promoting the tropical fish industry in Hawai'i' as well
as the sport diving businesses run there. Both serve to inform
and inspire humans, aiding in awareness and ultimate support for
conservation/wise use, at a minimal rate of sustainable use of
habitat and stocks.
A hu'i hou,
Robert (Bob) Fenner