20 Nov 2017

Traditional fishing practices may rehabilitate Hawaiian waters

From , 6:02 am on 20 November 2017

A Hawaiian marine scientist says evidence shows there is no doubt Hawaii's waters are being overfished but he's hopeful traditional Hawaiian sustainability practices may help.

Dr Alan Friedlander says 25,000 marine surveys conducted over the last decade indicate significant depletion of fish stocks around the main Hawaiian Islands.

He says recent recognition of the problem by the State Legislature is a huge leap forward and there has been a fundamental shift with the public now realising more has to be done to sustain the marine environment.

Jenny Meyer asked him what action is planned as a result of the research.

A longliner fishing vessel.

A longliner fishing vessel. Photo: 123RF