Don’t block access to historical fishing areas

According to a March 20 letter writer, another area of Maui needs to be designated as a conservation district to stop the “locals who want to get drunk” and “catch bait fish.”

So, because of this individual’s sensitive encounter with a few “drunken fools” we need to now block access to more areas of the island for law-abiding, respectful fishermen and their families? It is unfortunate, yet increasingly common, how people cite one bad incident to try to shock a response and garner momentum into achieving their own agenda. As far as I can discern, without hearing the other side of the story, the author’s issue here is with security at the nearby resort and not with needing more conservation districts.

Fishing is an activity that is ingrained into the beings of many people and families on this island, and has been for countless generations. It is a tradition and privilege to be able to catch and eat what the sea offers, and the vast majority of us do it in a respectful, courteous and law-abiding manner.

For the letter writer to depict local fisherman as he did is outrageous.

Given the historical relevance of Kaanapali as a rich and productive fishing area, the real question here isn’t “why is fishing legal at a world-class dive and snorkel spot,” but rather why did they build a hotel and block locals’ access to a world-class and historically significant fishing spot?

Kim Miyaki