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Reasons for opposing the Superferry

Surfrider Foundation, Kaua’i Chapter, said there were a number of reasons why people opposed the Superferry.

They included:

• Ship speeds over 15 knots are considered dangerous to whales. The ferry was a huge ship that could reach speeds of 45 knots. A ship strike on a 45-ton humpback whale would mean instant death to the endangered species.

• The ferry held hundreds of cars which would dump out vehicles in Lihue in a massive traffic jam. Due to the boom in tourism at the time, traffic was at an all-time high.

• There was no plan to protect the island from hitch-hiking invasive plants and animals.

• There was a fear that people from Oahu would come to fish, gather, surf, etc., without having camping permits or accommodations, perhaps sleeping in their automobiles.

• There was widespread belief that the boom in tourism at the time was no longer healthy for the Kauai economy and that it had reached its limit.

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