Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
News Bites

NOAA Study Gets Estimate of Annual Catch for Near-Shore Fisheries

NearshoreFisheries2.jpg
Jhana Young
/
Conservation International

Conservationists and researchers now have an estimation of how much fish is being caught from Hawaii’s near-shore reefs.

State and federal agencies monitor the catch of the local commercial fishing industry – and their estimates are getting more accurate every year.

But figuring the annual catch of near-shore non-commercial fishing has always been difficult – because residents have easy access to the ocean, where no licenses are required.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration partnered with the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Conservation International – to find out how much near-shore reef fish are caught every year on each island.

This study is part of a larger project examining Hawaii’s seafood supply chain.

Kaylyn McCoy is a Research Coordinator with NOAA and lead author of the study.

She says they used data from several sources and called participating individuals to get details of their trips.

Nearshore_fisheries.jpg
Credit Eva Schemmel / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
/
Conservation International

McCoy says they estimate that from 2004 to 2014 – an average of 2-million pounds of fish were caught annually statewide.

She adds that knowing this will help develop a sustainable management plan for near-shore fisheries.

More information can be found here: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/science-blog/how-many-fish-are-being-caught-reefs-near-shores-hawaii

Related Content