Follow that Fish: Assessing the Scope and Value of Nearshore Fishing in Hawai'i

by East-West Center

East-West Wire

Publisher: Honolulu, HI: East-West Center
Publication Date: 23 March 2018
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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Three-fourths of Hawai'i's reef fish species are seriously depleted. To preserve and build back these populations, government policymakers and community leaders need to know how many fish are actually harvested every year. Reported sales account for $3 million of the annual nearshore fish catch, but this research estimates that another $7-$13 million is undocumented. Interventions to preserve Hawai'i's fish should include better monitoring of catch and post-catch distribution and improved consumer education.