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Hawaii sugar industry
Hawaii sugar industry

Fish has long been a staple food. Although some tuna is packed for export, most of the commercial catch is consumed locally. Tuna accounts for about one-third of the volume of the annual commercial catch, which in 2007 was worth $76 million. Other major food fishes include bigeyed scad, Japanese mackerel, pink and red snapper, and marlin. Sport fishing along the coasts and in offshore areas is popular with tourists.

Hawaii’s resources of sandalwood and another commercially valuable trees were so depleted during the first half of the 19th century that Hawaii no longer has large-scale lumbering activities. However, the state and some private landowners are seeking to restore the native koa tree and develop other species. Forests cover 43 percent of the state, and about half of the total forest land is considered commercial forest. The most valuable woods cut are hardwoods. However, except for the exploitative early 19th century harvesting of native Hawaiian sandalwood trees, the timber industry in Hawaii has not been a very productive sector of the economy.

Mineral resources


Hawaii lacks major mineral resources, and mining is limited to the production of materials for construction and road-building purposes. Crushed stone and cement are the two most important mineral products. Sand and gravel, pumice, lime, and coral are also produced. Hawaii has fairly extensive deposits of bauxite and titanium that have not been exploited. "Hawaii" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia

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