Your Views for May 22


No new taxes

Voodoo numbers are here again.

First the mayor wants to raise all kinds of taxes: property, auto and others.

Now the Parks Department wants to raise fees for nonprofits and other groups. Does not the county give funds to nonprofits? Voodoo.

Where are the audits of all the county departments: police, parks, highway, public safety, and the rest.?

No new taxes or fees until an audit is completed.

Bob Dukat

Pahoa

Wild vs. caged

A few months ago, West Hawaii Today had an article about the National Restaurant Association’s top trends in the restaurant industry. The No. 1 trend decided by over 1,800 professional chefs nationally is locally sourced meat and fish. When it comes to wild fresh fish, Hawaii chefs prepare and showcase better than anyone. After talking to many local chefs, I believe that the premier cuisine in Hawaii is the large selection of wild fresh fish we have to offer.

I doubt that the islands’ tourists come to Hawaii knowingly to eat chemically treated and soy-fed, farm-raised fish. The restaurant association defines “locally sourced” as organic, fresh, natural. And the University at Albany did the first global study on salmon — just published in “Science,” and by far the largest and most comprehensive done to date — which found significantly more concentration of cancer-causing substances in farmed salmon compared to wild salmon.

My question is: What about all other offshore-farmed ocean fish that are fed the same or similar fish food? You can only hope that some of these researches will begin to test all ocean-farmed fish for some of these same toxicants.

It is well known that intensive fish culture has been involved in the introduction and/or amplification of pathogens and disease in wild fish population. Actually, this is easy to understand. When a wild fish becomes ill, it is likely to starve or be eaten by predators. But sea-cage fish are protected and fed daily, living a long time and retransmitting disease and parasites to other fish in the cage and to wild fish. Farm fish are known to escape, impacting wild fish by increasing competition for food and breeding sites, and reducing the fitness of wild fish by interbreeding.

There are healthy and clean aquacultures that I support, such as filter-feeders (clams, scallops, oysters and mussels), recirculating aquaculture systems, aquaponics, and marine-based integrated multitrophic aquaculture.

In November 2012, professor Roz Naylor (Stanford) and others have released a study on these aquacultures, titled: “Searching for Solutions in Aquaculture; Charting a Sustainable Course.”

There are no easy solutions to protect the wild fish we love to eat, but let’s not desecrate what we have by choosing large scale, open ocean pens, the most harmful form of aquaculture.

Tom Kapp

Waimea

 

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