Beach Walk 694 – Diner’s Fish Report

Fish is a longtime staple in the diet here in Hawai’i, and you’ve probably noticed people fishing in the background of many Beach Walks episodes.

Yet at the same time fish populations are declining from the large scale commercial operations, that seem to be impervious to the effects of their behavior. If you want to eat fish but don’t know which ones are not threatened, you can now text “FISH” to 30644 right from your phone to find out. This is so convenient – you can do it while perusing a menu.

Hawaiian Word:
Iʻa: fish

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  1. Buddy 'Friendly' Wachenheimer says

    Some fishermen abuse fish populations by overfishing, but the biggest reason fish are disappearing is the waste created by mankind.

    Everything that is manmade is wasteful. EVERYTHING!

    Sooner or later that waste ends up polluting the air, land, and water. This contamination of harmful, unnatural or poisonous manmade substances are the real problem fish (and every other creature in nature) has to deal with.

    We are are not only own worse enemy, but also the archenemy of nature and all it’s other creatures.



  2. Susan and my dog Lexie says

    This latest and greatest use of information technology while at a restaurant has also made the encyclopedia door-to-door salesman equally extinct 🙂

  3. Hi Roxanne,

    Thanks for making this awesome video and showing how to use the Fish Phone. We work on the technology that powers the fish phone. I just wanted to let you know that “Fish” doesn’t have to be capitalized when you text it in – we just write it that way.

    We’re very psyched to see you using the fish phone in Hawaii.



  4. @Michael – I love the Fish Phone and have used it several times now as a reminder when I was sitting with a menu in front of me.

    Kudos to you and your team for providing such a great service!

  5. That is a radical service!

    I respectfully disagree with you. For thousands of years man existed and produced things that were in harmony with nature. We hunted and gathered, and we farmed.

    It’s only lately that people have gone a bit overboard. The point is, we are not intrinsically wasteful, we are learners quickly awakening.

    It’s true. I use and I have the whole index of human knowledge at my fingertips. If only Douglas Adams had lived to see the creation of the iPhone, but I digress…

    Thanks for pointing out the service, Rox!

  6. Buddy 'Friendly' Wachenheimer says

    Byteful traveller,

    Yeah, right, travel to earth sometime and visit the human race, Where are you from, Naiveworld?

    BTW, then who polluted the air, water, and land, the fish?

  7. Whoa there, Buddy. Callin’ me names now? Naive, eh? C’mon man, this is Beachwalks, site. Insults don’t belong here.

    Now I’ve seen everything.

  8. @Buddy – I am surprised too at your comments because you are usually so positive in your outlook. I certainly understand the frustrations – there is so much in the world right now that is showing the worst side of humanity. I am hoping this is some sort of bottom and we begin to figure out how to take better responsibility for our selves and our communities.

    @Byteful – thanks for not returning the volley and bringing the discussion back to the Beachwalks style of open-hearted and open-minded philosophy.

    Maybe we could all revisit the One Minute Rant episode?

    So today is Monday – not always the easiest day for me to feel upbeat on, but I am going to go take a walk with Lexi and burn off a little steam myself.