Hawaiʻi's culture, heritage and the wellbeing of our island communities are inextricably linked to our oceans. For centuries, Hawaiʻi's people have relied upon the sea as a source of physical and spiritual nourishment, and economic livelihoods. Today, our oceans face unprecedented challenges. The direct and indirect impacts of human activity have resulted in myriad threats to ocean health. Climate change, the overexploitation of ocean resources, and a rapidly increasing global population pose significant challenges to the resilience of marine ecosystems and the sustainability of global fisheries. Here are some suggestions on what you can do as a consumer to help ensure the health of our ocean ecosystems and the sustainability of our ocean resources.

Be an Informed Consumer

Local seafood is vital to the health, wellbeing, and food self-sufficiency of Hawaiʻi. Learning more about the source of your seafood and choosing seasonal, sustainably harvested, locally produced seafood options for yourself and your family is among the most powerful environmental actions you can take on a daily basis. By improving our awareness of the food systems that supply our food, we as consumers can play an important role in guiding the way seafood is produced and how fisheries operate. By supporting the over fifty businesses participating in Hawaiʻi Seafood Month, you are taking an important first step toward enhancing the health of our ocean fisheries, and the wellbeing of the fishing communities who rely upon them for their livelihoods.

Support Local Fishers

Support Sustainable Fisheries

Hawaiʻi's pelagic (open ocean) fisheries are among the best managed in the world. The Hawaii longline fishery for tuna and swordfish operates under a model fishery management system that ensures reduced impact and risk to protected species and prevents fishery populations from becoming overfished. Based on sound science, a transparent and inclusive management process, and with a longstanding commitment to meeting and exceeding the highest standards for regulatory compliance, monitoring and enforcement, Hawaiʻi's fishery management system is a model for sustainable pelagic fisheries worldwide.

The Hawaii longline fishery has achieved a high level of compliance with the United Nations FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, U.S. National Standards for sustainable fishery management implemented by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service and the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, as well as international conservation and management measured adopted by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.

Make a Donation

Proceeds generated by Hawaiʻi Seafood Month are donated to the Hawaii Seafood Council, a Hawaii 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports responsible fisheries and sustainable seafood in Hawaiʻi through consumer education, outreach, and research. Your donation to the Hawaii Seafood Council will help to increase public awareness of the vital role that marine resources, fishing and local seafood play in Hawaiʻi's unique diversified economy, culture, society and food security. Click the 'Donate Now' button below to make an online donation or visit http://hawaii-seafood.org/donate for additional donation options.