World's largest marine sanctuary plans get push back in HawaiiUPDATED 11:19 PM HST Aug 11, 2014Video Transcript
could it put local fishermen out of business? The world's largest marine sanctuary could take shape in waters off Hawaii It's getting a lot of push back though... KITV4's Brenton Awa is standing by to tell us why. Brenton. Yunji -- President Barack Obama wants to take expand the off limits area for fishing in certain waters outside Hawaii. This is the area we're talking about -- south of our islands -- its also the area where long-line fishermen pull a lot of their catch. Tonight -- government officials were here and held a meeting to get a grip on the publics feelings about the presidents plan. The place was packed with fishermen -- with almost no where to stand. There's no doubt that commercial fishing plays a key role in providing food across our islands. But those in the industry say President Barack Obama's planned expansion of a marine preserve could impact Hawaii's market forever. 932 - Roy Morioka - Fisherman "YOU'RE GOING TO AFFECT US, OUR LIVELY HOOD, OUR CULTURE, AND HE'S FROM HERE HE WAS BORN HERE SO WHAT'S THE DEAL." Those FOR the presidents plan say "the deal" is to help ensure that the ocean around the islands -- say "the deal" is to help ensure that the ocean around the islands -- Wake -- Jarvis -- Howland and Baker can thrive with fish... And in turn -- replenish our local waters. 1737 - KEHAU WATSON-SPROAT "I'M HERE BECAUSE I WANT MY SON AND HIS CHILDREN AND HIS GRANDCHILDREN TO HAVE AN ENVIRONMENT. IT'S ONE THING TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE ARE GOING TO CONSERVE, IT'S ANOTHER THING TO BE TAKING THOSE STEPS." 1149 - MAKA'ALA KA'AUMOANA - HANALEI WATERSHED HUI "THIS IS ONE OCEAN THAT CONNECTS US ALL. THIS AREA IS OUR HERITAGE. WHEN WE RESTORE THESE PLACES THEY MAY SEEM DISTANT BUT THEY ARE NOT. RESTORING THOSE PLACES RESTORES THE FISH TO OUR FISHERIES." Fishermen point out that the area is already protected. It's also where they make a living... And the expansion could have trickle down effects -- including the price of fish. 101 - 111 - Ed Watamura - Fisherman "IT'S GOING TO HURT. IT'S GOING TO HURT THE U-S FISHERY AND THAT'S REALLY THE ONLY BIG RESULT THAT IT'S GOING TO HAVE YEAH." Fishermen say even with the new restrictions -- enforcing the rules is unlikely to happen... It's just too big of an area. Environmentalists insist- it's not enough - though they're happy with what they're calling a much needed . 1113 - 1122 - Makani Christensen - Fisherman "ARE WE MANAGING THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE RANCHES, JUST CLOSING IT DOWN SAYING EH YOU KNOW WHAT YOU GUYS CAN'T RANCH, SORRY. WE STILL HAVE TO FEED PEOPLE, AND THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE." 1623 - KEHAU WATSON-SPROAT "PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO REALIZE THAT TECHNOLOGY HAS GIVEN US TREMENDOUS CAPABILITY TO ENFORCE LARGE CONSERVATION AREAS IN WAYS THAT WE JUST DIDN'T HAVE EVEN A DECADE AGO." Tonights meeting was hosted by NOAA and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. We're told the comments will go back to the president before he makes his decision on whether or not to expand the Marine National Monument.