Koloa Landing a no-take zone
KOLOA — Kauai’s first voluntary marine protected area is now at Koloa Landing, meaning that divers and fishermen have agreed not to remove aquarium fish and eels from the reef.
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I’m surprised that it wouldn’t have been mentioned that “I” was the one who suggested posting a sign. Being the sole tropical fish collector “resident” of Kauai taking fish from Koloa Landing was never an issue for me. Nearly 20 years of diving the shores of Kauai I’ve never once taken any fish from that area…. ever.
Yes I agree leave the tourist areas to the tourists. One time I took a few eels out of the area for public use not for personal gain and I see others fish and spear fish there with little or no complaints. Even local tourist operations did not object but later some did due to one person making it a big deal. I voluntarily returned the eels back to Koloa the next day because of that right in front of the fish and game warden who was there at my request to prove I put them back. No laws were broken. It was and is not against the law still but I agreed as do others to leave fish and eels there. But because I keep them alive and do not eat them I am the bad guy. I support and always did support the tourist groups there. I am glad people to care so much about conservation but two dragon eels out of 20 one time will make no difference in populations. You will be lucky to see one or two on a dive but believe me they are there and when I dove there I also saw many babies there. Fish populations are low in the area due to the eel abundance. We as aquarium fish divers always keep sustainable and with most fish producing 1 million fry per year that is easy to do. I will gladly bring more eels to that location for the tourist free if there ever is a population issues. They are very common around Kauai and other Islands too. The biggest threat is fishing with hook. Eels die when wrapped up in fishing line and get strangled or caught and cut up for bait. I saw one there while diving that was dying due to fishing line around it head. I cut it loose but I am sure he died. Fishing with poles from shore is there biggest threat and should be the real concern if you are really concerned. Aquarium fishermen get a bad rap but we too really care and love fish too. I wish all to enjoy the wonders and beauty of Hawaii. Viewing one of those eels in a public place would have made thousands happy not just a few lucky divers. The key is to make all ocean user groups happy and if not taking fish from one area does that then great! The oceans belong to all and all users and fishermen need regulated sustainable access.
Really great news- now let’s extend it to the ENTIRE state. Does anyone really care what a fish destroyer like Mr. Tubbs says? Please, Mr. Tubbs, do the whole planet a favor and find another line of work!
Mr. Tubbs should be fined and spend some jail time. Those animal and fishes weren’t his to take and make money off it.
Ocean law and the State Constitutions says the oceans belong to all not one or any one user group. Yes protect the fish populations and yes care about ocean issues. I plan to and support the idea of making it a preserve and will testify to legally close the area but dive shops there fear more regulations if it is a preserve it will limit there access. So voluntarily lets keep it fishing free. Run of in the area and pollution are the biggest concerns I saw while there. Please lets focus on the real ocean issues together for all ocean users. I love the ocean and love the fact you care so much to want to protect it. i dare you to step up all of you to make sure run off from farms and houses up stream do not contain pesticides, dirt and termite chemicals which are very dangerous to all ocean life. The corals in that area are being damaged by just that! Termite tenting chemicals are very fish toxic. Lets all work together to keep the tourist dive groups making money and the tourist happy! I will come over and spend time cleaning up for sure let me know.
I don’t get it. So then, what’s next? Are we going to ask commercial local fishermen and divers to stop catching fish that we eat? Is it okay for human consumption but not human fish tank observation? Sounds like a group of zealous people on the south side want some sort of control over what people do for a business. Many people make their living off of what comes from the ocean be it close to shore or in the deeper waters. Don’t blame me, but someone is going to snatch that sign.