“For hundreds of years, Native Hawaiians relied upon the Pacific Ocean to develop a sustainable way of life. Unfortunately, Hawaii has strayed from this wise use of our ocean resources, and we have become too dependent on other countries and the mainland for our food and our energy. Like Ocean Champions, I am committed to a more sustainable and secure Hawaii future that supports our local fishing industry and wisely invests in home-grown energy sources including ocean energy, biofuels and wind. I welcome the endorsement of an esteemed group like Ocean Champions, which clearly understands the importance of sustainable ocean ecosystems that promote the well-being of the people of Hawaii and reduce our dependence on foreign countries.”
Leadership: Mazie Hirono has been committed to protecting the environment as the Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd district, and now as a state senator. As a representative, she cosponsored legislation to prevent expanded offshore drilling, clean up ocean garbage, and protect coral reefs. She has supported implementation of the National Ocean Policy and cosponsored its legislative precursor, Oceans-21, because she knows that improved ocean governance is needed to protect, maintain, and restore marine resources for the future. From both the House and the Senate, Hirono has made preservation a priority, sponsoring Coastal Preservation Acts for North Maui in 2012 (H.R. 3907) and Ka’u (S. 1432) in 2013. She has supported the West Coast Protection Act (H.R. 612) and, most recently, sponsored the Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act (S. 2705). Senator Hirono has also shown great promise in ocean legislation, cosponsoring sustainable fisheries acts such as the International Fisheries Stewardship and Enforcement Act (S. 269) and the Pirate Fishing Elimination Act (S. 267).
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