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Upcoming Hawaii DOA Hearings on Nile Tilapia

Apr 17, 2017

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture will hold public hearings on four islands next month to receive testimony on proposed amendments to move Nile tilapia from List A to List B. The DOA has released a request for support at the upcoming hearings. 

Nile tilapia is a fast-growing species of all the tilapia. It grows twice as fast as other tilapia and is used by 90% of the fish farmers worldwide. Currently Nile tilapia is on Restricted List A in Hawaii, which is for research. The DOA and local aquaculture industry have worked on moving it to Restricted List B to allow for commercial production for a long time.

Letters of support may be submitted to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with “Testimony” in the subject line. Attendance is also encouraged at the hearings, which are scheduled for the following dates and times:

May 01, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Conference Room, Department of Agriculture
1849 Auiki Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819

May 02, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Conference Room, Department of Agriculture
4398A Pua Loke Street
Lihue, Hawaii 96766

May 03, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m,
Conference Room, Department of Agriculture
635 Mua Street
Kahului, HI 96732

May 04, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Hilo State Office Building #101
75 Aupuni Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

May 05, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
West Hawaii Civic Center
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740

If the amendment gets approved, it will transform Hawaii’s tilapia farming industry. Farmers will have a better tool, which means better revenue and more opportunities for local people.

Domesticated pure Nile tilapia are like domesticated pigs of all tilapia. They have very small mouths and big bodies, designed to live in a high-density environment on a controlled diet. They do not pose threat to our existing ecosystem.

Made in Hawaii, USA and safe to eat. No antibiotics, no hormones, and no toxins. Would you like to have a delicious, healthy seafood meal without having to figure out whether it could be problematic?

Click here to view/download the “Tilapia Public Hearing May 2017” Notice (PDF)

The content of this message was provided by Liz Xu of the Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture