“Managing resources” (Feb. 20)? What a joke! William Aila, as the head of the DLNR, is allowing the sell-off of our near-shore reef fish!
I was present at the Dec. 5th, 2012 hearing at Waimalu Elementary School for public input on the aquarium trade. [I and others] got up and submitted comment about how we are concerned about the current no-limit take on reef fish. They, the collectors, are proposing their own rules.
Most all of the “collectors,” aka reef rapists, got up there and spoke about how they make their living taking fish off the near-shore reefs to feed their families. Aila’s own wife got up there and claimed she was a fish collector too and that was how she made money! According to sources, William Aila himself has done some yellow tang snatching.
There should be Federal Authority of the Hawaiian Island fisheries. The value to the island-based ecotourism is worth much more in the long run than to these “collectors.”
Why should the aquarium fish collectors be entitled to change the ecosystems of the near-shore reefs with their greed to supply Petco and other mainland aquarium stores?
Sadly Abercrombie lets [this] go. It’s time to take the authority of the fisheries away from those that can’t even protect the State fish.
A DLNR spokesperson confirmed that William Aila, Jr. held a commercial marine license and an aquarium collectors permit. His wife, Melva Aila, held a commercial marine license. These were cancelled when Aila became DLNR chair.