Obama’s U.S. Ocean Policy Hui in Honolulu

Representatives from the Obama Administration are here in Honolulu, as we speak, to hear what we have to say as they prepare a proposal for a cohesive U.S. Ocean Policy. This “listening session” is today, Tuesday, September 29th, from 1:30 to 6:30 PM at Blaisdell Center.

Kahea logoKahea, the Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, is urging everyone who is able, if time allows, to get down there and be heard about the protection and preservation of our oceans. Kahea has even gone so far as to provide child care for parents while they are making their concerns known to this Presidential committee.  Yes, this is very last minute but that is so typical of all offices of government.  The door is open and those in the know need to walk through it and share your knowledge!

While we always want to “maximize the economic and social benefits of what the ocean offers, while protecting our most fragile marine ecosystems,” it is important to remember that we cannot, and WILL NOT, tolerate anything less than doing so with aloha and not allowing our oceans to become the private property of a select few. 

Of particular interest and concern is the promotion of aquaculture and making this visiting group see that this can work!  Hawai’i, as usual these days, needs to set the example.  We have made it work and it is sustainable.  I strongly urge anyone specializing in aquaculture to hele on down to Blasidell and tell them what you know!  You can prove it!

The ocean is important to us.  It is part of our lifestyle and has always been a part of our culture.  We’re surrounded by it so we need to protect it and take a stand!  Those of you versed in the subject matter of the sea, please help them make the right choices and recommendations back in Washington!   They’re reasonable and the will listen if we make an effort to be heard.   

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sugar Cribs // Sep 29, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I also hope that I can go to hawai one day if I have enough money to see the paradise there

  • 2 Evelyn // Sep 30, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Hello Sugar! They keep saying the cost to be on vacation here, and getting here, is better than usual so it might not be such a bad idea to try it sooner than later. 🙂 Hope you’re able to visit soon!

  • 3 Keahi Pelayo // Sep 30, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Doesn’t a “cohesive ocean policy” mean less use and higher fees for using the ocean?

  • 4 Evelyn // Sep 30, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Goodness no, Keahi. Cohesive as in sticking together and working together for the benefit of all users.

    All users need to respect the ocean first and then each other by understanding that all have the right to enjoy what is there for us to share.

  • 5 Oahu real estate // Oct 9, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Is the highest priority that we have public use for all, or that we do what is best for the ocean? What if privatizing parts of the ocean is the best thing for the ocean?

    I’m sure you’ve heard that elephants in Nigeria were facing extinction until parts of it were sold to local for profit companies that got tourists into hunting the elephants. Now the elephants are thriving because the people depend on the income and thus, the elephants, for their living.

    I have a friend who is a fishery management consultant here in Hawaii, not an Obama supporter and he is in favor of privatizing a large part of what is privately fished right now. He has seen that the only way to save the fish and the ocean to have people responsible for it who actually have a stake in it.

    Locals here want to fish the ocean to death, like in Molokai, where the fish density is lower than in Oahu now. they are fishing that island into a wasteland just like Oahu.

  • 6 Evelyn // Oct 9, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Aha! A voice in favor. I appreciate hearing from this point of view as well! Tony (I’m assuming), your arguments are very valid and I can see where this kind of thing would be most helpful. If there is a financial stake in the preservation, I would like to think everyone would take an interest in the care and preservation of these things.

    Whattaya know! Non-Profits and For Profits with the same goal. This could work well with some focus and effort from both sides and support from the community at large!

    Thank you for your comment! There’s a lot of weight to that argument!

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