The West Hawaii Fisheries Council, a community-based marine advisory organization invites the public to their next meeting, Thursday, March 15 at the Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club at Honokohau Harbor from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
The speaker is Ret Talbot Mr. Talbot, an award-winning writer and photographer, will discuss the impact of marine aquarium fisheries across the Pacific with an emphasis on fisheries in developing nations such as Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji. He will address issues of environmental and socio-economic sustainability in relationship to other industries seeking to extract resources from these bio-diverse and untouched regions.
Also at the meeting, the WHFC Committee of the Whole will continue to work with the Department of Land and Natural Resources and its Division of Aquatic Resources to get approval to move previously submitted recommendations on to public review, before the Small Business Regulatory Review Board and before the Board of Land and Natural Resources for their approval and/or changes before being written into Rule. This is a process that began before 2002 and includes the recommendation for the movement of a boundary line at Pebble Beach to avoid conflict; the proposal that no spearfishing be allowed with SCUBA; and a white list of approved fish to collect and a list of some not approved for collecting under any circumstances