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4 November 2017-Meeting Nicos at 0800

Aloha, on 4 November at 0800 we will be conducting a hunting, farming and fishing meeting to discuss this years legislative session and future objectives of our organization.   This meeting is open to the public and welcomes new members.   

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/…/scientists-deliver-alarming-…   This picture above is a picture of the reef at Hanauma Bay.  In as a matter of fact most of the reef in Hanauma Bay looks like this.   No matter how much fish is there, the reef will always look like this.   Yesterday on 2 November 2017 we attended a conference at the State Capitol, where scientist talked about fish, coral, climate change, and potential laws.  Here are a couple points from the fishing presentation, hopefully to dispel the myth that there are 90% less fish today then there was in 1900.     Dr. Friedlander stated in his discussion that there are 90% less fish in Hawaii based on Commercial catch data since 1900. This statement stuck with news reporters and certain legislators. However, if you look at the data, there are certain events and situations that caused less fish to be caught by commercial fishermen. Friedlander did not take into account or choses not to take into account that early 1900 accounted for Ahi, Aku, Marlin and other Palagic fish, which made the numbers super high. Then they separated the Pelagic and reef fish. This alone accounted most of the 90% decline. As a scientist when talking about reef fish, this guys should have factored this in.   Then Dr. Friedlander also stated that the population of ulua dropped dramatically based on the commercial fish catches. Well another factor he did not take into account was Ciguatoxin, which accounted for the massive drop in the capture of Ulua.   On top of that he stated that there was a massive drop in Oio or bonefish. This too was based on commercial catch reports. Back in the day people loved eating oio, today not the same. The price of bonefish is not worth the time to commercial fishermen. Therefore the bonefish were not targeted.   Finally he talks about moi and how there was a missive drop in the population based on commercial catch reports. Again the laws changed, which eliminated that fisheries.   What is the motive of Dr. Friedlander? Why would he report to legislators false data?   Dr. Friedlander also stated that he would like to see permanent MPA where no fishing was allowed in order to protect the reefs. In as a matter of fact, he would like to see no fishing on 30% of the coast line. Yet if you listed to the coral reef presentation by NOAA, they didn't even mention fishing as a way to protect the reefs-Not Once!   The reef is really resilient. Most the the 50% of reef that the scientist talk about has bounced back. I've seeing it with my own eye. Yet the news and legislators are making it seem like an all or nothing approach to protect the reefs. Not targeting the real cause of reef degradation-run off, sewage, and sedimentation. They picked alleged overfishing to fix the reef problem.   Where did the money for the 25,000 dives surveys come from? If you follow the money you will see that most of the funding comes from organizations that want to ban fishing all together.  It is pretty ironic that the Nature Conservancy has fenced off hundreds of thousand of acres in the forest and killed massive amounts of game animals via arial eradication, which effectively took food away from the local population. Now they are utilizing data that they created and scientist that they like in efforts to closed off fishing to our local population. So what are we left with. I guess their mentality is hiking and watching birds, or snorkeling is more important than the survival.   What is wrong with our current rules that are published? We have seasonal closures, size limits, bag limits and more. There is room for some improvement, but not to the extent suggested by legislators that put on this fiasco.

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/…/scientists-deliver-alarming-…

This picture above is a picture of the reef at Hanauma Bay.  In as a matter of fact most of the reef in Hanauma Bay looks like this.   No matter how much fish is there, the reef will always look like this. 

Yesterday on 2 November 2017 we attended a conference at the State Capitol, where scientist talked about fish, coral, climate change, and potential laws.  Here are a couple points from the fishing presentation, hopefully to dispel the myth that there are 90% less fish today then there was in 1900.   

Dr. Friedlander stated in his discussion that there are 90% less fish in Hawaii based on Commercial catch data since 1900. This statement stuck with news reporters and certain legislators. However, if you look at the data, there are certain events and situations that caused less fish to be caught by commercial fishermen. Friedlander did not take into account or choses not to take into account that early 1900 accounted for Ahi, Aku, Marlin and other Palagic fish, which made the numbers super high. Then they separated the Pelagic and reef fish. This alone accounted most of the 90% decline. As a scientist when talking about reef fish, this guys should have factored this in. 

Then Dr. Friedlander also stated that the population of ulua dropped dramatically based on the commercial fish catches. Well another factor he did not take into account was Ciguatoxin, which accounted for the massive drop in the capture of Ulua. 

On top of that he stated that there was a massive drop in Oio or bonefish. This too was based on commercial catch reports. Back in the day people loved eating oio, today not the same. The price of bonefish is not worth the time to commercial fishermen. Therefore the bonefish were not targeted. 

Finally he talks about moi and how there was a missive drop in the population based on commercial catch reports. Again the laws changed, which eliminated that fisheries. 

What is the motive of Dr. Friedlander? Why would he report to legislators false data? 

Dr. Friedlander also stated that he would like to see permanent MPA where no fishing was allowed in order to protect the reefs. In as a matter of fact, he would like to see no fishing on 30% of the coast line. Yet if you listed to the coral reef presentation by NOAA, they didn't even mention fishing as a way to protect the reefs-Not Once! 

The reef is really resilient. Most the the 50% of reef that the scientist talk about has bounced back. I've seeing it with my own eye. Yet the news and legislators are making it seem like an all or nothing approach to protect the reefs. Not targeting the real cause of reef degradation-run off, sewage, and sedimentation. They picked alleged overfishing to fix the reef problem. 

Where did the money for the 25,000 dives surveys come from? If you follow the money you will see that most of the funding comes from organizations that want to ban fishing all together.

It is pretty ironic that the Nature Conservancy has fenced off hundreds of thousand of acres in the forest and killed massive amounts of game animals via arial eradication, which effectively took food away from the local population. Now they are utilizing data that they created and scientist that they like in efforts to closed off fishing to our local population. So what are we left with. I guess their mentality is hiking and watching birds, or snorkeling is more important than the survival. 

What is wrong with our current rules that are published? We have seasonal closures, size limits, bag limits and more. There is room for some improvement, but not to the extent suggested by legislators that put on this fiasco.

Congratulation to the inaugural Board for the State Wide Game Commission.  There will be a hearing on April 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm in conference room 224 at the State Capitol with the Committee on Water and Land, which is Chaired by Senator Karl Rhodes.   Individuals may give testimony in person or written testimony on line at www.capitol.hawaii.gov.  The following members were selected to the Game Management Committee:

GM 819:   Ryan Kohatsu (Hilo)

GM821:  Lori Buchanan (Molokai)

GM820:  Josiah Jury (Oahu)

GM818:  Nancy Timko (At Large)

GM822:  Jeffery Derego (Maui)

GM823:   Stanley Ruidas (Lanai)

GM824:  Jon Sabati (Kona)

GM817:  Robert Cremer (Kauai)

The Gubernatorial Nominee need to be first approved by the Senate.  Once approved the board will have an opportunity to make real change in Hawaii for our hunters.   They will need the support of the hunters, once confirmed, to make any real change in Hawaii.   

 

The Hawaii Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting a Hunting Heritage Banquet on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at the Kona Imin Center in Holualoa.   Doors open at 5:00 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm.  Live auction! Funds raised to benefit our hunting heritage and conservation in Hawaii.   

Single Adult Tickets $55.00 includes annual NWFT membership and Dinner

Couples Tickets $75.00 includes annual NWFT membership and Dinner

Kids 11 to 17 $15.00 includes dinner

Kids 6-10 $10.00 includes dinner

Kids under 5 are Free

This event is catered and tickets are pre sale.   Tickets are available now!  Don't miss this fun event.  BYOB.   To order tickets contact:  Jon Sabati at 808-896-0972 or at jonkona@hawaii.rr.com 

Rally on Kauai

Monthly meeting will be on Maui on 10 December 2016 at 1:00 pm at Tasty Crust in Kahului.   We look forward to meeting our Maui Members and collaborating on the future of the Hunting, Farming, and Fishing Association.  Here are some announcement:

1.      Hunting Tournament (Maui) 3 December 2016-Hunting, Farming and Fishing Association Donated $300.00 to Maui Pitbull Rescue.

2.     DLNR accepting public comment on 2016 Forest Action Plan.  Send comments to Robert.d.hauff@hawaii.gov

3.     State Aquatics, Historic Preeservation and Enginneering Maui Offices to close during move to temporary quarters at Maalaea small boat harbor

4.     Mullet is Kapu

Boat Parade Kauai 22 October 2016

This may have been the first time in Hawaii's history that a caravan of boats and trucks travelled around the island of Kauai in support of their City Counsel Representatives.  Key community members organized this parade from Hanapepe to Hanalei with 30 local fishermen and family members-17 trucks and trailers. 

The parade happened on 22 October 2016 in support of the following candidates:

Mel Rapozo

Aryl Kaneshiro

Kipukai Kualii

Derek Kawakami

Ross Kagawa

Arthur Brun

Mahalo, to all of you who participated.

 

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Hawaii Fish and Dive Expo 29/30 October

We will be participating in this years Hawaii Fish and Dive Expo on October 29 and 30, 2016.   We are looking for volunteers and old fishing equipment.   

Bring down your old fishing equipment to donate or trade.  Your trash could be someone else treasure.  

You'll be able to sign up for the Hunting, Farming and Fishing Association.

Come check us out!

 
 

State Game Commission

The Hunting, Farming and Fishing Association have endorse the following know candidate for the State Game Management Commission.   If you have signed up and have not been listed here please send us an email and a brief biography about yourself.  There will be two commissioners for Hawaii Island and one commissioner for the remaining islands.  If you know other candidates that have signed up and a great candidate please call us at 808-780-1253 or send email to hunting.farming.fishing@gmail.com

Tony Sylvester (Primary Hilo)

Kalani Dicoito (Hilo)

John Sabate (Kona)

Cristy Gusman (Maui)

Jeff Derego (Maui)

Bruce Falkner (Maui)

John Despen (Maui)

Ron McComber (Lanai)

Robert Kremer (Kauai)