Carroll talks about the Hawaii basedlongline fishing vessel "Pacific Paradise" sinking off Waikiki and why it is so hard to remove. Why isn't the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) stepping up, and why aren't other, more effective options being used? Dr. Bruce Anderson, DLNR's administrator of the Aquatic Resources Division, is complaining there is only a $400,000 insurance policy and so far it has cost more than a million dollars trying to remove fishing vessel.
Carroll also talks about why foreign fishermen working on Hawaii's fishing boats are not slave labor as some are claiming. A situation that has been going on for years, with government's knowledge and participation, has become political once again. (Link here to a story Carroll wrote in 2000 about the foreign fishermen.) Carroll explains how rules for managing foreign fishermen on the Hawaii fishing fleet have been set up and are being used. The government knows why the fishermen were on the Pacific Paradise and where they are now. Maybe they just need to step up and do a better job handling how the foreign fishermen are transported here and how they live while they are in port here in Honolulu.
Hawaii's fishing industry is huge and our government and legislators are well aware of how it works. If you believe this fishing boat, or the industry as a whole, is participating in the illegal trafficking of human beings, you must ask yourself and your legislators, what immediate actions are they taking to hold Samoa accountable for allowing a vessel from Honolulu to arrive at their port, illegally pick up 19 "illegal workers" and transport them back to Honolulu to work as slaves. If no actions are taken by the State of Hawaii, it suggests the State Department knows about the activity, it is not illegal, and it is sanctioned by the State of Hawaii as well as federal agencies.
For many years Carroll has been talking to boat owners, captains and fishermen, and visiting the fish auctions. He knows the story. Carroll now explains how the fishing boats and fishing industry works. So, how is your poke?
It's still out there. How much longer? See more pictures and information about the "Pacific Paradise" on Carroll's facebook page.
Tow boat and tow rope, but no tow
Fish Auction - Honolulu Harbor, Pier 38
If you believe these fish were caught on a longline fishing boat manned by slave labor obtained from human trafficking, then you need to stop eating fish because you are supporting the practice.
KITTY CORNER - TOO CUTE!
These, and other kittens like them, are looking for a home. Ages range from 3 to 12 months.
They have been neutered or spayed, and they are litter box trained. Now, all they need is your love. Who can resist a new kitten?
To adopt, call Carroll at 782-6627, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Carroll on www.envirowatch.orgto view some of the environmental and corruption issues
and resolved, in the past. You will also find him on YouTube at cox7826627 and on facebook.
Carroll continues his discussion about local issues on Olelo Public Television, Channel 54.