We are a group of local residents and families in central Maui focused on restoring a healthy fishery within the Kahului Harbor Fisheries Management Area (FMA) for forage species like akule (bigeye scad) and nehu (Hawaiian anchovy) that are the basis of the food-chain. Kahului Harbor is an important estuary environment for a variety of marine and coastal species. We are using a multi-prong approach to address the detrimental factors that have led to noticeable declines in akule and nehu populations. One approach is to increase compliance with FMA rules by promoting pono fishing, working with local fishermen, engaging our community, and hosting youth programs to restore overall harbor health. We are also working with the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) to monitor and improve water quality, and restoring limu (native seaweed species) abundance in collaboration with the Limu Hui and through our own efforts. Our approach honors the connection between forage fisheries, limu, and water quality, and acknowledges working to improve any one of these components is an effort to improve all three of them. Please follow our work and contact us via Facebook.
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