“The ocean should not be privatized for personal gain…” Kale Gumapac

More then a year ago I posted an interview with Bill Spencer from Hawaii Ocean Technologies on their plans for fish farms in Hawaii: “New Fish Farming Operation: Hawaiian Oceanic Technologies on Kona Side


Just noticed the following from MeatTradeNewsDaily.com:

…Friday morning, the BLNR  would hear heard a request to permit a third facility, Hawaii Oceanic Technology’s (HOT) ambitious, high-tech plan to raise 6,000 tons of ahi (skipjack and bigeye tuna) in 12 untethered, submerged Oceanspheres three miles off the Big Island’s Kohala Coast. The projected output is four times the amount of ahi consumed yearly in all of Hawaii. HOT expects 90 percent of its finished product to be flown to markets in Japan and the Mainland…

…Kale Gumapac related his experience restoring a Big Island fishpond built by family member David Malo. “The technological understanding handed down from our kupuna is amazing,” said Gumapac. He said kaku (barracuda) were placed in the pond to discourage theft and to cull out diseased fish. Honu (turtles) were placed in the pond to eat one kind of limu (seaweed) and to fertilize another variety that the fish ate. “But they have not sought our advice on aquaculture,” Gumapac said. “Whose technology should we be using?”

Gumapac also produced a 1904 U.S. Supreme Court decision written by Oliver Wendell Holmes, stating that Native Hawaiians have vested fishing rights. The ocean should not be privatized for personal gain, said Gumapac. “These vested rights still exist today.

In written testimony to the BLNR, UH professor Dr. Neil Frazer stated: “Among scientists that do not have financial ties to aquaculture there is now general agreement that a sea-cage is a pathogen culture facility and that wild fish have declined everywhere industrial sea-cage farming has taken hold. The epidemiological reasons for this are clear: fish in cages are protected from the macro-predators needed for disease control, but not from pathogens.

The important difference between sea cage culture and terrestrial animal culture is that, in the ocean, animal wastes and pathogens can travel for many miles to infect other animals, whereas on land wastes fall to the ground

Full Article:  “United States – Fish Farming in Hawaii

Tribune Herald Six Months Behind… More on the Proposed Ahi Farm

In September I let my readers know about a proposed Ahi Farm that was going to be going up on the Kona Side.

In today’s Tribune Herald, they have mentioned this proposed farm.

Folks… Remember… NEWS is slow around here on the Big Island.

It appears that the tribune even used the same picture that I blogged back in September.


Greg Henkel submitted this great comic that he drew up previously that I also posted: