Q. How is a CBSFA created?
Fishing communities that propose CBSFAs must first affirm that fishing is vital to their culture of subsistence -- that the fish of the area feeds their families. Communities must engage in a process with the state of Hawaiʻi -- which can take years -- and involves substantial research, countless community meetings, repeated agency consultations, and a multi-step public rulemaking process. CBSFAs efforts are primarily led by loea lawaiʻa -- the master fishers -- of the community.
Q. Why CBSFAs?
Ultimately, CBSFAs are about ʻāina momona -- abundant fisheries that feed our islands. Fish move and spawn differently in different places. Our loea lawaiʻa (master fishers) have intimate knowledge of how fish move, spawn, and behave in their home fishing grounds. CBSFAs build on the foundation of their knowledge and ensure that our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will fish and eat and be sustained by the abundance of the same fish we catch, prepare, share, and eat today.
Q. Are CBSFAs a way to exclude some people and favor others?
Everyone who fishes within a CBSFA must follow the same rules, whether their family has lived in the community for generations or they just showed up this morning.
CBSFAs help ensure that traditions of fishing that perpetuate abundance in our rural fishing communities are known and honored by all.
This webpage was produced by E Alu Pū, with support from Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA). Funding support provided by the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Illustrations by Kelsey Ige, www.kelseyige.com.
Photo credits: Michael P. Hoppe with mahalos to Kawika Winter, Kim Moa