First bigeye tuna farm approved off B...

First bigeye tuna farm approved off Big Island - Hawaii News

There are 52 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Oct 25, 2009, titled First bigeye tuna farm approved off Big Island - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Hawaii regulators have approved a Honolulu startup company's plan to build the nation's first tuna farm in waters off the Big Island.

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enufalready

Wailuku, HI

#1 Oct 25, 2009
What will be the ratio of feed to the poundage of fish produced? If it is anywhere comparable to other industrial fish production schemes the tuna will require many pounds of feed to produce each pound of tuna meat. This is like the beef feedlots that use 10 pounds of grain to get one pound of meat. Only a fetish food like tuna sushi/sashimi can inspire this kind of resource waste.
mo_waste

Oak Grove, KY

#2 Oct 25, 2009
maybe they'll feed tuna to the tuna and we'll create "mad tuna," disease! just like they do with the beef! nothing like eating beef that's been fed beef!
huh

Honolulu, HI

#3 Oct 25, 2009
enufalready wrote:
What will be the ratio of feed to the poundage of fish produced? If it is anywhere comparable to other industrial fish production schemes the tuna will require many pounds of feed to produce each pound of tuna meat. This is like the beef feedlots that use 10 pounds of grain to get one pound of meat. Only a fetish food like tuna sushi/sashimi can inspire this kind of resource waste.
Fetish food? Raw fish and sushi have been eaten for ceturies, though probably not where you're from. I suppose in other parts of the world your consumption of beef and pork would be considered a fetish too, using your definition. Try getting the big picture.
noend

Ewa Beach, HI

#4 Oct 25, 2009
this project is just a waste of TAXPAYERS MONEY....where are you miss lingle???
Kona Fisherman

Honolulu, HI

#5 Oct 25, 2009
Give the farm a chance to work. It may or may not. Parsons sounds like Chicken Little and already claims to be an "expert" when this will be the first blue water farm on this planet !!! I wonder if he's a castoff from California....he truly sounds like a transplant from la la land.

“Common sense - common man”

Since: Oct 08

Honokaa, HI

#6 Oct 25, 2009
This is a very well designed and thoughtfully considered project that has taken years to pass economic and scientific hurdles. Those who have a negative knee-jerk reaction should reconsider and read about this project before making stink talk.

We must never forget that our forefathers came to this land looking for opportunity, and most of the things we have stem from folks being given a chance. When I was just a boy it was common for a neighbor to say, "Give chance."

To this project I say, "Good luck, and do your best. We hope you succeed."

Imua!
Mongo

Kapaa, HI

#7 Oct 25, 2009
enufalready wrote:
What will be the ratio of feed to the poundage of fish produced? If it is anywhere comparable to other industrial fish production schemes the tuna will require many pounds of feed to produce each pound of tuna meat. This is like the beef feedlots that use 10 pounds of grain to get one pound of meat. Only a fetish food like tuna sushi/sashimi can inspire this kind of resource waste.
You'd have a point if Tuna cost the same per pound as feed, but it doesn't so what are talking about? Also it's nice to see "environmentalist" like Maui Tomorrow following the lead of the Sierra Club in obstructing any kind of progress. They aren't for the environment they are anti people.
Charlie the Tuna

Kapaa, HI

#8 Oct 25, 2009
'Enufalready" thinks tuna is "fetish food." Must not be from around here.
A Fish Out of H2O

AOL

#9 Oct 25, 2009
An den????????
OnlyParadise

Pearl City, HI

#10 Oct 25, 2009
what is the difference between farm salmon and wild salmon? Absolutely nothing.

The same for farm tuna and wild tuna. the genetic make up of the tuna will be the same.

the environmental wackos have nothing better to do but to complain.
If you farm wild tuna from the ocean then we are depleting the fish population so when someone develops a plan for farming Tuna in a control environment then the wackos complain about so they can sue for the money.

The wackos is setting up procedures to sue for money. they are the most hyprocritical people i know.
the wackos bring no productivity in sustaining their life.

be a sheep
vote democrap
Local fisherman

Waipahu, HI

#11 Oct 25, 2009
noend wrote:
this project is just a waste of TAXPAYERS MONEY....where are you miss lingle???
It's privately funded. When it's running and selling tuna it will GENERATE tax revenues.
ainakai

Honolulu, HI

#12 Oct 25, 2009
I wonder if you can make tuna feed from Ta'ape?
Local fisherman

Waipahu, HI

#13 Oct 25, 2009
Looks like Maui Tomorrow wants to foul up yet another good idea.

Why don't they do their homework and see the whole picture, rather than raise unwarranted concerns about non-existent environmental threats?

I hope they realize that the tuna to be raised in this farm comes from local waters. The spawn comes from fish caught in the Hawaiian Islands. The ONLY difference is that they're in huge underwater cages and being fed regularly.

Wild fish poop in the ocean -- I hope they realize this. So that's nothing new.

If Hawaii Oceanic's tuna farm is successful, it will provide about half as much tuna that is sold at the fish auction. That can take a lot of pressure off wild tuna stocks and reduce rate of population decline.
dumpnoco2

Honolulu, HI

#14 Oct 25, 2009
Local fisherman wrote:
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It's privately funded. When it's running and selling tuna it will GENERATE tax revenues.
Yeah! Privately funded under the auspices of Federal grants. Not to mention Act 221.
Surfbot

Mililani, HI

#15 Oct 25, 2009
People will protest and another new business will go the way of the Superferry. Too bad we can't keep local folks just pickin' pineapple and shuckin' for the tourist. Then the "environmentalists" will be happy. Hey, they don't need to worry....... they have government jobs.
alice

United States

#16 Oct 25, 2009
hon..Lingle blew up the supperferry with her illegala ctivity...if she follwos the law, we would still have the superferry
12bc-9d

United States

#17 Oct 25, 2009
The won't feed the fish antibiotics they will just inject antibiotics into the fish.
Carang da Buggahz

Idaho Falls, ID

#18 Oct 25, 2009
I see Maui Tomorrow and the Sierra Club fouling this up...again, just like they did with the SuperFerry. Eh, you mainland transplants, try leave us alone and let us do what is right for US, not you Johnny-come-latelies who want to push YOUR vision of what paradise is! Haven't you caused enough harm as it is? Your arguments boil down to what is good for animals (i.e. whales, tuna, etc...). Where do PEOPLE fit into the equation? And no, we not talking about F.O.P.s (Fresh Off the Plane). We talking about generations of us who have a vested interest in this aina. Go back to California or wherevahs and push your anti-progress agenda over there. Good riddance!
realmerv

Honolulu, HI

#19 Oct 25, 2009
Kona Fisherman wrote:
Give the farm a chance to work. It may or may not. Parsons sounds like Chicken Little and already claims to be an "expert" when this will be the first blue water farm on this planet !!! I wonder if he's a castoff from California....he truly sounds like a transplant from la la land.
The Japanese are trying to raise Blue Fin Tuna in Japan.
GD Hilo

Keaau, HI

#20 Oct 25, 2009
Wild fish get contaminated by escaped pen fish. They (pen fish) have to be fed larger and larger doses of antibiotics to hold down stress related disease. Eventually our wild fish stock will be affected. This is a very serious problem that is increasing around the world in pen raised fish.

by the way I,m not of any party, dislike Maui Tommorrow and hate Serria Club

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