Hawaii’s coral reefs are more than just a picturesque tourist destination — for local communities, they’re a critical source of food.
The challenge? Ensuring that they continue to remain so.
In a scientific paper published earlier this week in the open-access journal PeerJ, scientists David Delaney of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Jack Kittinger of Conservation International made the case for getting communities themselves involved in protecting these fisheries.
Doing so requires sufficient information on how much is being caught and where — information that few local anglers are willing to give up so easily. But by compiling catch data, the scientists were able to develop the clearest picture of shore-based fishing in Hawai‘i yet obtained — revealing fishing patterns in a place where fishing is a way of life.
CI science adviser, Eva Schemmel, sat down with Delaney and Kittinger to discuss their findings.