Maui Roi Roundup fishing tournament, Sunday August 15 in Lahaina

August 13, 2010, 11:58 AM HST · Updated August 13, 11:58 AM
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More than 70 divers and spearfishers from around the state will attempt to capture as many roi (peacock groupers), to’au (blacktail snappers) and ta’ape (blue-line snapper) as they can during the annual Roi Roundup event taking place this Sunday, August 15, 2010. 

A single invasive roi can eat up to 146 indigineous reef fish each year and carry a high risk of ciguatera toxin that could cause illness in humans.  The event starts at 10 a.m. at the Hard Rock Cafe in Lahaina with the fish weigh-in happening at 11 a.m.   Trophies will be presented for Most Fish, Largest Fish and Smallest Fish.  The event is scheduled to conclude at 3 p.m.

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The event includes remarks by Maui Mayor Charmaine Tavares, education stations, and a Barnes & Noble Book fair with free entertainment by Leokane Pryor and Isaac Lazo.

A bookfair will be held today (Friday, August 13, 2010), through Sunday, August 15, at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Lahaina to benefit Roi Round-up efforts across the state.  Proceeds go towards education and control efforts in getting invasive species the reef.

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