Hawaiian Oyster Beds Flatten by Tourist!

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    This Species is ONLY Known From Hawaii & is Slowly Disappearing!

    When i'm fishing on Oahu i watch private eco tours taking tourist out to snap pics of sea turtles to monk seals. But in doing so these tours are destroying massive beds of bivalves that are only found in Hawaiian waters. This area was once covered all over by mussels & oysters years ago, Hawaiian endemic species. Now they're virtually extinct in certain locations.

    It's a shame that these eco tours show our turtles & seals to our visitors but they're stepping on & crushing other indigenous Hawaiian marine life to view them. I've watched them for years doing this. This area was once fully covered with living oysters & mussels. Now it's under 5% for oysters and no mussels. I also noticed a drop in marine life that needs these bivalves to eat to survive.

     
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    Your title is a bit misleading . It sounds like your LOCAl tours are to blame . You could just ban tourists from your islands . See how that works out for the local economy .
     
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    This Species is ONLY Known From Hawaii & is Slowly Disappearing!

    When i'm fishing on Oahu i watch private eco tours taking tourist out to snap pics of sea turtles to monk seals. But in doing so these tours are destroying massive beds of bivalves that are only found in Hawaiian waters. This area was once covered all over by mussels & oysters years ago, Hawaiian endemic species. Now they're virtually extinct in certain locations.

    It's a shame that these eco tours show our turtles & seals to our visitors but they're stepping on & crushing other indigenous Hawaiian marine life to view them. I've watched them for years doing this. This area was once fully covered with living oysters & mussels. Now it's under 5% for oysters and no mussels. I also noticed a drop in marine life that needs these bivalves to eat to survive.

    Shouldn't the Hawaiian tour operators know better? Why do they let their clients tromp all over the beds?
     
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    Very sad.
     
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    Write your politicians. The Dems are allegedly for the environment.
     
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    Where is the respect, for someone elses fishery?
     
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    Fake news. Title says "oyster" but they are mussels. We have plenty of mussels here that we can ship to Hawaii if you need them.
     
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    Scuba Chris

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    Fake news. Title says "oyster" but they are mussels. We have plenty of mussels here that we can ship to Hawaii if you need them.
    It is an endemic species of Purse Oyster that is only found in Hawaii & nowhere else. Shoreline development, pollution, re-zoning is destroying certain native species like the Achatinella. Forever.
     
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