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Fact Sheets: Fish

Fact Sheets Count: 3
January 7, 2011
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Factory Fish Farm Proposed off of North Kohala Coast, Hawai’i Island

An aquaculture company has proposed building a massive ocean fish farm, larger than any existing operation in Hawai’i waters, off the coast of North Kohala, Hawai`i Island. The fish farm would be run by Hawaii Oceanic Technology, Inc. (HOTI), headed by Texas native Bill Spencer. During the permitting process, HOTI did not fully address many questions about the ecological and cultural impacts that such a large facility could create. Now the company has proposed changes to its design and operation plans that introduce elements outside of its initially approved permit conditions. Yet, the project seems to be moving forward. Right now, it is questionable whether the benefits from the HOTI project outweigh the risks to public resources. Those agencies responsible for overseeing and monitoring use of ocean resources need to know the whole story about the project and share it with the public.

June 16, 2010
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EU Version: No Jobs Here: Why Industrial Fish Farming’s Promise to Boost Local Economies Falls Flat

The open water aquaculture and salmon industries tout fish farms as an opportunity to create jobs. Given current economic struggles worldwide, any potential for a new industry to increase job opportunities is hard to dismiss. Viable, gainful employment is badly needed. Unfortunately, Food & Water Watch found that the jobs created by fish farms are unstable, in some cases undesirable, and are very few in number related to the number of fish produced. In fact, the trend in the industry has been to cut jobs to increase “efficiency,” and to abandon communities if better sites arise elsewhere. Moreover open water fish farms can threaten previously-existing jobs in tourism, recreational fishing and commercial fishing.

November 6, 2009

Catch Shares: Problems in Fisheries Management

Catch share fishery management programs – also commonly known as individual fishing/transferable quotas, rationalization or limited access privilege programs – can be used as a method to privatize access to fish. This means they can give control over catching fish to only a handful of private individuals or companies, who can then exclude others.