Placing oysters in the bay is a partial solution

Placing oysters in Maalaea Bay is a partial good thing (The Maui News, Dec. 10). Oysters are the “liver” of the ocean, cleaning toxins from the water. Yet to place oysters in the bay is a partial solution.

Fresh river water needs to be clean of toxins. Like a human’s body, fresh water cleans toxins better than soda. Fix the leaks of raw sewage into the ocean. Sea urchins are the barbwire to keep anyone and anything from stepping on coral and damaging life.

Sea cucumbers eat the algae on coral and rocks. In doing so, their waste feeds small fish. Small fish feed larger fish. Larger fish feed sharks and keep sharks away from humans. Not always, but less seafood means humans become food for sharks.

Placing oysters is a good idea but, like I said, it is a “liver” to clean toxins. Even a human’s liver will die if too much toxins are ingested. An oyster will die from overwork. Like sea cucumbers, opihi or limpets, vana or sea urchins overharvested will not make sense but be a costly error.

Olowalu had many sea cucumbers. The media showed poachers with two small rubber rafts full of sea cucumbers. All gone or mostly gone. They are the scavengers of the sea.

It is a pearl of an idea but oysters will only end up as sushi.

Michael Matoi

Kahului

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