Friday, November 13, 2015

Grandchildren Maximum Allowable Harvest

William Aila Jr, Hawaiian ambassador to The Island Voices, addressed the Our Oceans 2015 conference in Valparaiso, Chile on October 5, 2015. He spoke as part of a panel on sustainable fishing. William offers up a concept called Grandchildren Maximum Allowable Harvest, and suggests it is something we should consider instead of simply maximum sustainable yield.

William J. Aila Jr., is currently the deputy Chairperson for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and the former Chairperson of the Hawaiian Department and Board of Land and Natural Resources. He grew up on the Wai`anae Coast, on the island of O’ahu and at a young age worked on his family’s cattle ranch. He learned to love the ocean fishing and diving near his great-grandmother’s beach home, learning from her the values of respect for the ocean and conservation of its resources. He gained a degree in General Tropical Agriculture from the University of Hawai`i, and for 24 years served as the harbormaster for the Wai`anae Small Boat Harbor. He has served on numerous appointed and volunteer boards, and helped create the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. He is an environmentalist, Hawaiian cultural practitioner, and is dedicated to preserving Hawaii’s land and ocean for future generations.

The talk was in English, but is dubbed into Spanish.

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