Kale Gumapac to Hold Press Conference at Monterey Bay Aquarium

I noted back in August that I heard Kale Gumapac talking about Fish farming at a forum.  Looks like he’s stepping it up a notch and taking this issue national.

He submitted this letter back in June ’08 on behalf of the Kanaka Council Moku O Keawe:

The Kanaka Council Moku O Keawe filed an application for contested case against Kona Ocean Blue Farms and received word from DLNR 2 weeks ago that Kona Blue Ocean Farms withdrew their application for expansion. The Kanaka Council successfully stopped Kona Blue Ocean Farms.

However, we believe that Kona Blue withdrew their application to wait on the outcome of the appeal filed by State of Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett to the U.S Supreme Court regarding the Hawaii Supreme Court ruling on January 31, 2008. The State of Hawaii is seeking to overturn the Hawaii Supreme Court ruling on ceded lands claiming that the State of Hawaii has the sovereign right to disburse ceded land.

The contested case file against Kona Blue Ocean Fish Farms set forth the argument that the State of Hawaii does not have the right to lease ceded lands. The January 31, 2008 ruling by the Hawaii Supreme Court we believe supports that argument. The State of Hawaii is obviously pulling out the stops as Bennett was able to get 29 other states to file an amicus brief to support overturning of the ruling….

Here is an article in today’s “The Californian”.

Hawaiians Seek Removal of Kona Yellowtail from Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Card

A fish listed as a “good alternative” by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch card should be removed from that list, native Hawaiian leaders say.

U.S. farmed yellowtail is exclusively produced by Kona Blue Water Farms near the Big Island in Hawaii and marketed as “Kona Kampachi”. Native Hawaiians say the farm has caused negative cultural impacts.

At 12:30 p.m. Saturday in front of the Aquarium at 800 Cannery Row, Monterey, Kanaka Council Moku O Keawe Leader Kale Gumapac and Food & Water Watch Staff Attorney Zach Corrigan will hold a press conference. They’ll deliver a Kanaka Council letter to Monterey Bay Aquarium urging the removal of U.S. farmed yellowtail from the card…

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