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April 8: Pono Aquaculture Alliance talk story about Food and Water Watch report

Pono Aquaculture Alliance (PAA) is a loosely-organized group working to advance sustainable fish farming practices including the restoration of loko ia and land-based recirculating aquaculture systems. Founding members include KAHEA, Apono Hawaii, Food & Water Watch, and The Kanaka Council.

PAA feels that aquaculture can become a reliable source of safe and sustainable food here in Hawaii and for the world, provided basic precautionary and common sense principles are followed.

On Thursday, April 8 at 10:00 a.m., PAA will hold a press conference to kick off the alliance and the release of a new Food & Water Watch report titled “The Empty Promise of Ocean Aquaculture in Hawaii: Lessons for the Nation from an Industrial Testing Ground.” The press conference will be located at the State Capitol next to Queen Liliuokalani’s statue.

PAA will also be taking part in Lobby Day at the State Capitol from 11:00 a.m. Join other members to ask for sustainable and responsible aquaculture policies. Specifically, PAA will be speaking with decision makers about concerns with HB2409 that could extend leases for all aquaculture operations—including factory fish farms—up to 45 years. PAA will be encouraging decision makers to support HR245 and HCR326 which calls for a moratorium on the expansion of the ocean factory fish farm industry. Click here to sign up.

And at 7:00 p.m., PAA will be hosting a talk story session with Dr. Neil Frazer, the University of Hawaii, KAHEA, Food & Water Watch, and others at UH’s Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies.

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