Sustainable Fisheries Division


Comments on the draft EA are due by March 24, 2011.

Email comments by 11:59
March 24, 2011 to:
. Please use “Comments on Special Permit” in the subject line of email.

Written comments postmarked by 11:59 March 24, 2011 may be sent to the Agency Contact:

Michael D. Tosatto
Regional Administrator
NOAA Fisheries Service
Pacific Islands Regional Office
1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1110
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814-4700


Draft EA Available for Comment.

Project Summary:  

NOAA’s NMFS is proposing to issue a Special Coral Reef Ecosystem Fishing Permit (SCREFP) to Kona Blue Water Farms (KBWF) for one year in accordance with the Hawaii Fishery Ecosystem Plan. The permit is consistent with implementing federal regulations (50 CFR §665.224) pertaining to management of coral reef ecosystem fisheries and  would authorize the culture and harvest of a Hawaii coral reef ecosystem Management Unit Species (MUS) using two small, untethered (un-anchored) net pens (Aquapods™) deployed in Federal waters leeward of the Island of Hawaii. The pens would be set at approximately 25 ft below sea level and would passively drift under control of a tender vessel.

The proposed activity would allow KBWF to test the feasibility of raising marine fish species using a new gear-type (drifting net pens) in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (U.S. EEZ). A draft EA was prepared which describes the proposed activity and permit conditions, and evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the project. The preliminary analysis shows the project, which takes place in offshore waters, would have a low likelihood of adverse environmental effects.


Get Draft EA:  -

“Draft Environmental Assessment for Issuance of a Permit to Authorize the Culture and Harvest of a Managed Coral Reef Fish Species (Seriola  rivoliana) in Federal Waters off the Leeward Coast of the Island of Hawaii, State of Hawaii” March 16, 2011.

Request an EA by contacting:
NOAA Fisheries Service, Pacific Islands Regional Office
Division of Sustainable Fisheries
1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1110
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814-4700
Toby Wood: (808) 944-2234

How to Comment:   -  

NMFS is providing the public with an opportunity to review the draft EA. When commenting, please be as specific as possible. Comment letters become part of a public record. Therefore, do not include sensitive personal or proprietary information. Anonymous comments will be accepted, but we request a zip code as an identifier for location-based comments.