Ancient Hawaiians fished more than would be sustainable today

Published on March 27th, 2012 | by Admin

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Apparently the ancient Hawaiians were able to catch three times more fish than would be sustainable to catch today.

Native Hawaiians caught about 50 percent more fish than modern fleets catch today in both Hawaii and the Florida Keys, the two largest reef ecosystems in the United States, said a co-author of the study, Loren McClenachan, a fisheries researcher at Colby College in Waterville, Me.

Hawaiians harvested about 15 metric tons of fish per square kilometer of reef annually from the years 1400 to 1800, the study found. That’s five times the median harvest in island nations worldwide today.

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Story: Douglas M. Main, NYT | Photo: Getty Images

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