How Can You Possibly Win This Argument?

Posted by on November 21, 2014 - zero

By Leonard Ho

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This week’s West Hawaii Today article is truly depressing. Why? We witness an appalling barefaced rejection of science by the council in charge of determining the fate of the aquarium trade in West Hawaii.

North Kona Councilwoman Karen Eoff:

“The science is one thing, but the fact that these are our public trust resources … I would support a ban too or a moratorium. Until the state is ready to take some serious measures, all we can do is one little step.”

Hamakua Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter:

“I don’t want to hear about the scientific stuff, because I don’t believe we should be shipping our fish out. These are our resources that people are taking for free. … What are we doing to our island?”

Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille:

“I know it’s not just the aquarium trade (causing fish decline), but you’ve got to start somewhere.”

If data shows Hawaiian fish decline, how about you start with coastal development? Industrial and agricultural pollution? Tourism operators? Commercial and recreational fishing? We have plenty of data to support the negative impacts on coral reefs by any of …read more

Read more here: Advanced Aquarist



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