Let's be clear...Hawaii fisheries are sustainable.
The Hawaii Seafood Council said it best: "The people of Hawaii work together with unity of purpose to preserve fishing and protect fishery resources. The fishing sector collaborates with scientists and managers to reduce impacts and risk to protected species and to prevent fish populations from becoming overfished. Our fish are hook and line-caught, no gill nets, trawl nets or seine nets are used. We constantly strive to anticipate and exceed expectations for sustainable fishery management and to pioneer mitigations that reduce environmental impacts. We trace our seafood products directly to registered vessels that are accountable to government regulations and intensive monitoring by fishery observers."
The Hawaii fishery management system is exemplary in that it operates under a model fishery management system. With every aspect of the fishery strictly regulated, closely monitored and tightly enforced, it is a model for sustainable pelagic fisheries worldwide. This management system is based on sound science and a transparent and inclusive fishery management process committed to sustainability.
None of the pelagic fish populations harvested are overfished. Hawaii’s fishery is doing its part to eliminate overfishing on Pacific bigeye tuna. Ecosystem impacts are constantly being assessed and managers, scientists and the fishing sector are working together on solutions. Substantial and verifiable reductions of protected species interactions and finfish bycatch have been achieved.
The Hawaii longline fishery has a track record of precautionary conservation measures.
The Hawaii longline fishery has achieved a high level of compliance with United Nations FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, U.S. National Standards for sustainable fishery management implemented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service and the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, as well as international conservation and management measures adopted by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.The bottom line? Consumers can use sustainable Hawaii Seafood with confidence!For more information, please click the link below to read the Sustainability brochure from the Hawaii Seafood Council: