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HIKI NŌ #823: Moanalua High School – Jamie Hamamoto, Angler

Jamie: Fishing was something that I did basically
for fun. I grew up thinking that going to the beach
was the best thing ever and I did it every single
weekend and I still do, actually. Narrator: Jamie Hamamoto, a fifth-generation fisherman
or angler, started when she was just two years old and has
been hooked since then. Jamie: I’ve been doing this for, what, 15 years
now. Jamie’s Dad: I wanted to pass on something that I really
loved. When she was old enough, when she was about
two years old, we used to go out to Hale’iwa,
and she used to catch papi’o and barracuda. Since then, she’s
been crazy about it. Beau: Jamie has broken numerous world records already
in fishing. You know, she gets tons of prize money
when she enters tournaments. She gets all this credibility. She meets all these people. Narrator: Jamie’s passion has led to reeling in world
records and being well-known in the fishing community. However, this isn’t her main focus. Jamie: That’s not good. Narrator: According to Science News, Hawai’i’s fish
population is down 78 percent since 2015. Major
causes include sport and commercial fishing, and water pollution. Jamie is now trying to do her part in
preserving what we have left. Jamie: I’m a part of a tagging program, where they
do research. So, you’ll tag a fish and there’s a certain
number on that tag. And other fishermen, if they catch the same
fish, they’ll be able to record the length of the fish so we’ll know how long the fish
has been gone, where it’s traveled to and how big it’s gotten
in a certain amount of time. I feel that by tagging and by learning more
about it, we’re actually learning about how we can preserve what we have available
to us. So, you, like, go in between the fork of the
tail. Jamie’s Dad: She’s done cleanups of the lo’i in Kane’ohe,
cleaning up the reefs, the invasive ogo. She’s done, I don’t
know, so many things. Narrator: But it’s because of her love and commitment
that she’s doing her part to take care of the place she calls
home. Jamie: It means taking care of my home, taking care
of where I live. And for me, the ocean is a huge part of my
life, so I personally think it’s important to give back. Jamie’s Dad: If everybody did a little bit like she does,
we wouldn’t have to worry. The next generation would be in
good hands. So, I’m kinda proud of her, that she takes
the time to even teach the younger ones. Narrator: And by doing just that, Jamie is doing her
share to pass on fishing, just as it was to her. I’m Jonas Maestro from Moanalua High School, for HIKI NŌ.


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