In News Release on March 15, 2011 at 10:17 pm
HONOLULU—On Tuesday, March 8, 2011, the members of the Hawaii House of Representatives voted to pass House Bill 850 HD1. Introduced by Speaker of the House Calvin Say by request, House Bill 850 HD1 will designate a community-based fishery resource management area program for the island of Lana’i to ensure that traditional Hawaiian fishing practices are preserved and nurtured.
House Bill 850 HD1 will now go to the Hawaii State Senate for consideration.
In 2007, Rep. Mele Carroll authored the legislature enacted Act 212, “to create a system of best practices that is based upon the indigenous resource management practices of moku (regional) boundaries, which acknowledges the natural contours of land, the specific resources located within those areas, and the methodology necessary to sustain resources and the community.” The Aha Kiole advisory committee, created by Act 212, discovered that traditional natural resources management practices can be compatible with western concepts of resource management if implemented properly.
Rep. Mele Carroll commented that, “HB 850 HD1 creates an advisory committee comprised of local members of the community that will be able to address the concerns of over-fishing on Lana’i. This committee shall incorporate traditional Hawaiian caretaker (konohiki) practices to implement traditional fishery management practices for the regulation of fishing and gathering to promote the sustainable use of marine resources. It is imperative that we take the necessary measures to cultivate, preserve, and restore our islands’ natural resources and habitats to safeguard their future existence for the generations to come.
It is beneficial for everyone on Lana’i that should this bill become law, Lana’i residents would have the frame work in place to designate Lana’i a community based fishery resource management area where the Aha Ki’ole advisory committee can work collaboratively with the community on this matter.”
Contributed by Representative Mele Carrol