Letters 10-31-13


Governor should sign fisheries rules package

This summer, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the 2013 Hawaii Ocean Resources Management Plan. The governor said the plan recognizes the importance of coordination and cooperation to ensure that Hawaii’s ocean ecosystem remains healthy, productive and sustainable.

The ORMP identifies 11 management priorities that address such challenges as increasing land use and ocean resource development, competing human uses and the impacts of climate change. Three of the stated goals of the plan are to promote protection and sustainable use of marine resources; promote fishing practices that increase fish stocks, and partner with communities to better manage Hawaii’s marine resources.

The plan notes that in June 2013 the Board of Land and Natural Resources approved Hawaii Administrative Rules for the West Hawaii Regional Fisheries Management Area. Ten years of community discussions and several public hearings resulted in the implementation of these new rules, which latest version is posted on the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources website. Abercrombie said when he signed the plan that he supported the efforts, goals and management objectives identified for action in ORMP. The West Hawaii rules package clearly fulfills the goals of the plan.

Imua governor; please live up to your words and support the ORMP by signing the West Hawaii rules package.

Marni Herkes

Holualoa

Smoking: Self-imposed culling of the herd

Bob Green’s letter in the Tuesday West Hawaii Today “Your Voice” was spot on.

I smoked when I got drafted. C rations had five cigarettes for “dessert.” You got to take a break if you smoked. A carton of cigarettes at the PX in Korea cost $1.10. One fresh, unopened pack in the right fatigue shirt pocket, and the opened pack in the left.

I quit when I started seeing friends dying from smoking.

In my opinion, smoking is a self-imposed culling of the herd. Nothing speaks louder, or makes a greater impression, than a dead body.

Dennis L. Lawson

Kalaoa