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Kaua‘i bottomfishers face rougher ocean conditions

In late April, the Pacific Islands Fisheries Group met with seven bottomfishers in Port Allen, Kaua‘i. It was a beautiful day in the low 80s at the Port Allen Fishing Club clubhouse. The winds were light and variable, with buoy … Continue reading

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Voices from the Hawai‘i Island bottomfishery

In mid-February I was sitting on Craig Severance’s porch overlooking Hilo Bay. The weather was a beautiful 80 degrees with light and variable winds – perfect conditions for bottomfishing out of Hilo, Hawai‘i. So we were fortunate that 14 bottomfishers … Continue reading

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Hawaii Bottomfish Heritage Project Will be On the Air this Weekend!

On Monday, our team joined Mike Buck in the studio to talk story about the Bottomfish Heritage Project. For the project, we’ve in turn been talking story with fishermen using a research method called “oral histories” to document their knowledge … Continue reading

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Hawaii Bottomfish Heritage Project Underway

Bottomfishing has a unique tradition in Hawai‘i that dates back to ancient times. Ancient Hawaiians targeted bottomfish such as ‘ōpakapaka (Hawaiian pink snapper, Pristipomoides filamentosus) using fishing canoes launched from shore. They located fishing spots by triangulating landmarks and used … Continue reading

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How much does a longline fishing trip cost?

Since 2004, the PIFSC Socioeconomics Program – in collaboration with the NOAA Observer Program managed by the Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO) – has maintained an ongoing trip-level economic data collection program for Hawaii longline fisheries. The establishment of this … Continue reading

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Does Holding a Commercial Fishing License Make a Fisherman Fish Commercially?

PIFSC Socioeconomics Program economists, Dr. Hing Ling Chan and Dr. Minling Pan, in collaboration with the State of Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources, recently completed a study to examine the economic and social characteristics of the Hawaii small boat fishery. … Continue reading

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