Turning Back the Clock

Western Pacific Fishery Management Council chair Ed Ebisui took this photo, which he said is of opakapaka on sale at Costco. He suggested that the price stickers had been strategically placed to mask how long ago the fish had been caught. Ebisui, a part-time bottomfish fisherman, regularly argues against regulations — such as the establishment of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and expansion area — that impede local fishers from meeting local market needs.

Nothing is forever, it seems. And that may include the measures put in place over the last decade to protect the natural resources of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

If the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council has its way, at least some of the restrictions on bottomfishing and longlining in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument would be rolled back as part of the Interior Department’s review of all monuments established over the last two decades.

In our July edition, Teresa Dawson looks at this and other issues emerging from the council’s most recent gathering. Also in this issue, we report on recent actions of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, provide an update on the `Aina Le`a development, and detail the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ efforts over the years to try to manage the Kahala Hotel & Resort’s beachside activities on state land.