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Kona Yellowtail Farm No Longer Welcome in Hawaii

by 5m Editor
4 June 2009, at 1:00a.m.

HAWAII, US - A fish listed as a "good alternative" by Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch card should be removed from that list, native Hawaiian leaders say.

U.S. farmed yellowtail is exclusively produced by Kona Blue Water Farms near the Big Island in Hawaii and marketed as “Kona Kampachi”. According to The Californian, Native Hawaiians say the farm has caused negative cultural impacts.

At 12:30 p.m. Saturday in front of the Aquarium at 800 Cannery Row, Monterey, Kanaka Council Moku O Keawe Leader Kale Gumapac and Food & Water Watch Staff Attorney Zach Corrigan will hold a press conference, reports The Californian. They'll deliver a Kanaka Council letter to Monterey Bay Aquarium urging the removal of U.S. farmed yellowtail from the card.

Native Hawaiians say the form of aquaculture used by Kona Blue Water Farms – ocean fish farming or open ocean aquaculture – is associated with many problems. It can release large amounts of fish feed, some containing chicken protein and land-based grains such as soy that do not belong in the ocean, into open waters and into the diets of wild fish that gather around the cages and eat the excess food.

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