Restoring Traditional Hawaiian Fishpond Systems.
In 2012, a group of government agencies and nonprofit organizations committed to streamlining the permitting process for the restoration of traditional Hawaiian fishpond systems. This page provides the public history of this effort, information on progress, resources, and opportunities to review and comment on documents.
History of Traditional Hawaiian Fishpond Permitting
Recent Legislative and Agency Documents
Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Program General Concurrence for Minor Federal Permit Activities for Hawaiian Fishpond Restoration, Repair, Maintenance and Reconstruction
Senate Resolution No. 86 (SR86), which was adopted by the Hawaii State Legislature on April 10, 2012, urges the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Department of Health, and Office of Planning to streamline the permitting process for the restoration of Hawaiian fishponds. The resolution also requests the Office of Planning to consider “a coastal zone management program consistency statement for Hawaiian fishponds.” Hawaiian fishponds are aquaculture structures, which include man-made and natural enclosures of water in which fish and other aquatic organisms are raised and harvested. Hawaiian fishponds have historic, cultural and economic significance for the State of Hawaii.
In response to SR86 and in accordance with federal regulations, the Hawaii Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program is issuing a general concurrence for minor federal permit activities for Hawaiian fishpond restoration, repair, maintenance and reconstruction. Coastal Zone Management Act federal consistency regulations (15 CFR Part 930) establish procedures for States to issue general concurrences (15 CFR §930.53(b)) allowing similar minor work in the same geographic area to avoid repeated review of minor federal license or permit activities which, while individually inconsequential, cumulatively affect any coastal use or resource. Federal permit activities which satisfy the conditions of the general concurrence are not subject to the consistency certification and review requirements of 15 CFR Part 930, Subpart D - Consistency for Activities Requiring a Federal License or Permit.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit is the relevant federal permit for Hawaiian fishpond restoration activities. The Hawaii federal permit list includes the following U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit authorities:
Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, Sections 9, 10 and 11
Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972, Section 103
Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972 and amendments, Section 404
Federal consistency general concurrence procedures (15 CFR §930.53(b)) require that the applicable federal permit activities and the relevant conditions be included in the Hawaii list of federal permits subject to federal consistency review. Therefore, the Hawaii CZM Program is amending the federal permit list to include the general concurrence provisions for Hawaiian fishponds.
(Public comment closes April 12, 2013)
Programmatic Environmental Assessment
The objective of the Proposed Action is the restoration, repair, maintenance and reconstruction of loko i`a (traditional Hawaiian fishpond systems) across the pae`āina of Hawai`i (Hawaiian archipelago). The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is currently pursuing a State Programmatic General Permit (SPGP) from the federal government that will allow the State to streamline the permitting process by utilizing a single application process for the above activities. This action will stimulate traditional Hawaiian cultural activities, the restoration of fishpond systems and their related ecosystem services. Fishpond systems were a vital component of Hawai`i’s pre-contact native Hawaiian communities; their degradation was caused by the urbanization and colonization brought and fostered by foreign contact. Fishponds are identified as valuable cultural and ecological resources that positively impact coastal ecosystems and their adjacent communities. The potential impacts on the environment of the Proposed Action, and a range of reasonable alternatives, are discussed and analyzed in this dPEA. The direct and indirect impacts of nutrient enrichment, turbidity, and invasive species resulting from the proposed action and alternatives are negligible. The long-term cumulative impacts will be the simulation of traditional Hawaiian cultural activities, the restoration of fishpond systems and their related ecosystem services.
COMMENTS CLOSE MAY 23, 2013
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