Mama's Fish House in Ku‘au, Maui, has always led the charge in giving credit where credit is due. Long before "Farm-to-Table" was a trend, the venerable culinary attraction located on the slopes of Haleakala was printing the names of vessels and captains who were responsible for getting fresh-caught fish from the ocean to your table. Now, the eatery's owners and executive chef, Perry Bateman, have announced that they will sponsor the deployment of a new fishing buoy in waters 30 miles off the northeastern coast of Maui. The Fish Aggregation Device (FAD) is anchored to the ocean floor nearly 15,000 feet below the waterline, and attract pelagic species that might make for tasty morsels on your plate. What makes this effort groundbreaking is, although the State of Hawaii maintains 55 such buoys around Hawaii, this is the first partnership between private business, fishermen and the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.
The data collection from this buoy will not only help monitor tuna, ono, mahi mahi and the like, but insure sustainability through necessary reporting of catches by fishermen, but migrational patterns and other intel based on the gathered information.
It should be noted that Mama's Fish House has been buying fish directly from fishermen for over 40 years—some that can count 3 generations of fishermen who have sustained the restaurant, and whose families have been sustained through the business model. The restaurant employs more than 300 local Maui residents, and now features multiple villas for rental to visitors who want to be as close as possible, as well as to the shops and happenings around Paia, just down the road.
Mama's Fish House has been buying fish directly from fishermen for over 40 years—some that can count 3 generations of fishermen who have sustained the restaurant