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#21 Nov 21, 2009
Regarding the Saturday 11/21/2009 Letter to the Editor by Rob Parsons from Maui, I am sure your readers would like to know that Rob Parsons is on contract with Food and Water Watch, a Washington DC anti-aquaculture lobby organization, a fact not disclosed by Parsons. He is being paid for his opinion and has no actual standing in the ocean science community.
One of the most persistent myths about aquaculture perpetuated by Parsons and Food and Water Watch is that fish farming is less efficient than traditional fishing. Allow me to paraphrase an article by Dave Anderson of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach California and published on their web site Seafood for the Future. http://seafoodforthefuture.org/aquaculture-ef...
"Pelleted diets have a nutritional profile designed for a given species. Cultured fish do not spend energy hunting for food. Feed pellets are bite-sized to minimize waste in feeding. Fish production increases exponentially when high order consumers (tuna) are farmed using lower level baitfish. The fact is that the judicious use of baitfish in farmed fish feeds is a far more sustainable way to produce seafood than the harvest of high-value marine fish from already declining fisheries. Bycatch and non-target fish that are thrown over the side dead or dying and the practice of high-grading, discarding smaller individuals of the target species so that the boat can return with only the largest, most valuable fish, raise the cost of fishing to 1 million tons of fish discarded for every 3.7 million tons produced." Aquaculture is much more efficient, sustainable and less harmful to the environment than current practices especially when it comes to use of other ocean resources.
This and many other facts about open ocean aquaculture and our project in particular are ignored by Mr. Parsons and Food and Water Watch who simply want to stop open ocean aquaculture. Hawaii Oceanic Technology, Inc. is a Hawaii based company owned in majority by people who live here and want to see a better future for Hawaii.
Parsons and Food and Water Watch like to argue that the ocean belongs to everyone and should not be used by companies to make a profit. If that were the case, we would have no ocean based tourism, cruise ships, recreational fishing industry or transportation of goods through our waters.
Our plan is to show the world an environmentally responsible and economically sustainable way to farm the ocean as we farm the land. Our advisors are marine biologists, ocean scientists, oceanographers and people who care deeply who are true environmentalists with the scientific credentials to back it up. I respect Mr. Parsonsâ right to have an opinion, but you and he should be up front about the fact that he is being paid to have this particular opinion.
#22 Nov 21, 2009
#23 Nov 21, 2009
Sorry you are incorrect on what has happened with fish farming operations in the Northwest - its been a disaster!
#24 Nov 21, 2009
Not all fish farming is the same and comparing what we are doing in Hawaii to Salmon farming in the northest is apples and oranges. Please get your facts straight before using inappropriate comparisons that have no bearing on our project.
75% of the tuna landed in Hawaii by long liners is shipped out to Japan and the Mainland. We only consume 3,000 tons per year, 1,000 tons around new years. We imporat 80% of all the seafood we consume in Hawaii and half of that is from Asian aquaculture sources that don't always follow FDA standards. My company is offering to supply 600 tons of Ahi into the Hawaii market per year. We do not want to impact local fishermen which is why we are limiting how much we provide the local market. If Hawaii wants to buy all of our tuna, great, but that is not the where the market is. Stop listening to peole that do not have any credibility or standing in ocean science or tuna production. Study our Environmental Impact Statement, don't just believe the activists who just want to stop progress without doing a little indepenent thinking of your own.
"If we are to achieve results never before accomplished, we must expect to employ methods never before attempted." Sir Francis Bacon (1951-1626)
#25 Nov 21, 2009
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#26 Nov 21, 2009
Sorry but the methods used in this fish farming contaminate the ocean environment and thats a fact...you can't dispute that as again its just common sense...We should pay attention to the plight and the pressure put on big eyed tuna mainly from Japan. But of course that's another matter and essentially a "sacred cow". Go take a look at the movie "The Cove" for how sick and twisted the Japanese are when it comes to the ocean enviroment. Oh are the Japanese still doing scientific research on whales? Give me a break!
#27 Nov 21, 2009
[i]"This Thanksgiving, I won't be calling the Poultry Hot Line or staying awake wondering how that turkey lived and died. I will be joining millions of other Americans in observing this joyful family holiday with nonviolent healthful products of the earth's bounty: vegetables, fruits, and grains."
#28 Nov 22, 2009
The US purse seiners take thousands of tons of juvenile big eye for the canned tuna industry. Cheap protein for the tables of our nation. Fishing down the juveniles before they reproduce is doing this. Longliners take the adults, those that have and are spawning. Hawaii's longliners fish for the fresh fish market: high quality, well managed, high prices. The Kohala cages are being placed on the communities' fishing grounds. It will be placed on the ono lanes, nabeta grounds and kona crab grounds, where the community eats from. Regulations will force the communities out of their traditional grounds. A few years of dumping waste feed and aquaculture effluent should take dare of those grounds and we can blame the fishermen and fishing community for the crashing stocks. Eo, Laura Thielen and Dan Polhemus, keepers of the native and public trusts--Recreational renaissance Hawaii.
#29 Nov 22, 2009
Thank you for exposing the wolf in sheep's clothing. This is another example of the anti-business climate being promoted by so-called environmentalists. Their primary strategy is to hire lobbyists and lawyers to obstruct any progressive project in Hawaii, including green initiatives like fish farming, waste to energy and wind power. What's worse is that they use money from the mainland to co-opt Native Hawaiian culture through groups like Kahea, as a reason why these activities should be stopped. Not a dime of their money actually goes towards saving the environment, it only pays for lawyers and hired guns. It is offensive what organizations like Earthjustice and Greenpeace are doing in Hawaii and they should be exposed and challenged at every opportunity.
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