Fishing culture shared at 8th annual Hawaii Fishing and Seafood FestivalUPDATED 9:01 PM HST Oct 13, 2013Video Transcript
We've learned many lessons from the massive molasses spill in Honolulu...One is that our sealife is vital to our economy. That was the message today at the 8th Annual Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa reports. With seafood a significant part of the culture in Hawaii fisherman say they want people to know what it takes before the fish ends up on a plate. Neil Kanemoto - pacific islands fisheries group. 216 THERE'S A BIG DISCONNECT SOMETIMES WHEN PEOPLE SEE THE FISH AND THEY THINK IT COMES ON A TRAY IN A SUPERMARKET NOW THEY MEET THE FISHERMAN THEY SEE THE FISH THEY SEE HOW ITS CUT AND PROCESSED 226 Brooks Takenaka 1809 AS YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE A NUMBER OF SPECIES HERE THE MOONFISH OPA THE ONO THE ALBOCORE TOMBO THESE ARE FISH YOU WOULD SEE IN THE AUCTION 1819 1859 I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO CONNECT THE DOTS FOR PEOPLE THEY ENJOY EATING FISH AND SEAFOOD IT'S A VERY SIGNIFICANT PART OF OUR CULTURE BUT THE THING IS MOST OF THEM NEVER HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE WHOLE FISH 1910 Because the Ono, mahi mahi, and opah usually look like this before you eat it. Tyler Whitehead - monterey ca. 2452 I TIRED THE OPA THE MOONFISH I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS THAT BIG AND IT WAS REALLY GOOD 2500 Fisherman say it's not only important for people to see the whole process from sea to table, but want people to know their efforts on sustainable fishing. Most ahi we eat in Hawaii is big eye tuna ...this year the fisherman are expected to stay under the 4000 ton quota. John Kaneko - Hawaii seafood Council. 1245 WE ARE FISHING UNDER TWO QUOTAS ONE FOR EASTERN PACIFIC AND ONE FOR WESTERN PACIFIC AND IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO FISH WITHIN OUR QUOTA SO IN OTHER WORDS WE KNOW THAT WE WON'T BE OVER FISHING 1259 Nana Ohkawa KITV4 News.