Hawaii Division Aquatic Resources

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Public hearings scheduled on proposed changes to stony coral and live rock rules
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold statewide public hearings to amend Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) relating to stony coral and live rock. The proposed amendments would clarify what activities constitute "damage" to stony coral and live rock, and establish a formula for calculating administrative penalties for such violations.

The hearings are sheduled as follows:

Dec. 10, 2013, in Lanai City at the Senior Center, 309 7th Street, 1:00-3:00 pm.
Dec. 10, 2013, in Kailua-Kona at Kealakehe High School Cafeteria, 74-5000 Puohulihuli Street, 6:00-9:00 pm.
Dec. 10, 2013, in Honolulu at Stevenson Middle School Cafeteria, 1202 Prospect Street, 6:00-9:00 pm.

Dec. 11, 2013, in Hilo at Aupuni Center Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 101, 6:00-9:00 pm.
Dec. 11, 2013, in Lihue at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Auditorium, 4431 Nuhou Street, 6:00-9:00 pm.
Dec. 11, 2013, in Kauanakakai at Mitchel Pauole Center Conference Room, 90 Ainoa Street, 1:00-3:00 pm.

Dec. 12, 2013, in Kahului at Maui Waena Intermediate School Cafeteria, 795 Onehee Avenue, 5:30-8:00 pm.

All interested persons are urged to attend a public hearing to present relevant information and individual opinion for the DLNR to consider. Persons unable to attend or wishing to present additional comments may mail written testimony by Friday, Dec. 27, to the Division of Aquatic Resources, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330, Honolulu, HI 96813.

Anyone with a hearing impairment who desires to attend the public hearing may request assistance of a sign language interpreter. The request may be made in writing (to the DAR address in the preceding paragraph), or by calling 587-0100 (voice or TDD) in Honolulu. The request will need to be received at least seven days before the hearing is scheduled to start. Additional information or a copy of the proposed rules will be mailed at no charge upon receipt of verbal or written request to the DAR address or may be obtained by clicking on the link below.

Stony coral and live rock draft rules

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Public hearings scheduled on proposed Maui and Lanai fisheries rule changes
The Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) will hold public hearings this month on proposed rule changes for Maui and Lanai fisheries bag and size limits. The changes will consist of bag and size limits for several popular nearshore fish including goatfish, parrotfish (uhu), and jacks (ulua/papio). In addition to the various bag and size limits, the proposed rules will also include a bag limit of no more than two uhu and prohibitions on the take of blue male uhu for the two large species, and slot limits for 'omilu.

The public hearings will be recorded and are designed to collect testimony specific to these rule proposals. The hearings are scheduled as follows, and will begin at 5:30 pm:

Nov. 19, 2013, in Lanai City at the Senior Center, 309 7th Street.
Nov. 20, 2013, in Hana at Helene Hall, Hana Bay Beach Park, 174 Government Road.
Nov. 21, 2013, in Kahului at Maui Waena Intermediate School Cafeteria, 795 Onehee Avenue.

Three public information meetings were held on Maui and Lanai last month to explain the proposed rule changes.

After careful review and consideration of all oral and written testimony submitted relative to the hearings, the Department may either recommend that the Board of Land and Natural Resources adopt the proposed rules as is, or recommend that changes be made. Any substantive changes to the proposed rules will be subject to further public review and comment.

Draft rules can be obtained by clicking on the link below.

Anyone interested in providing verbal or written testimony in person should research the rules prior to attending the hearing. Questions or concerns may be addressed to Russell Sparks, Maui Aquatic Biologist at (808) 243-5832.

Testimony will also be accepted through Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 by email to DLNR.MauiLanaiRules@hawaii.gov or by postal mail to Division of Aquatic Resources, 130 Mahalani St., Wailuku, HI 96793.

Maui County draft rules

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Public hearing for amendments to Waiakea Public Fishing Area, Hilo
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold a public hearing to amend Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) relating to the Waiakea Public Fishing Area (PFA) in Hilo, Hawaii. The proposed amendments would prohibit the use of stand-up paddleboards, limit boat fishing to only when the boat is anchored, and to prohibit the possession or use of any net within the PFA. Other minor amendments include the updating of provisions on the mullet closed season and the taking of female Samoan crabs to be consistent with existing regulations.

The hearing will begin at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the Aupuni Center at 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 1, in Hilo, Hawaii.

All interested persons are urged to attend the public hearing to present relevant information and individual opinion for the DLNR to consider. Persons unable to attend or wishing to present additional comments, may mail written testimony by Friday, November 8, 2013 to the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), 75 Aupuni Street, Room 204; Hilo, Hawaii 96720.

Anyone with a hearing impairment who desires to attend the public hearing may request assistance of a sign language interpreter. The request may be made in writing (to the DAR address in the preceding paragraph), or by calling 587-0100 (voice or TDD) in Honolulu. The request will need to be received at least seven days before the hearing is scheduled to start. Additional information or a copy of the proposed rules will be mailed at no charge upon receipt of verbal or written request to the DAR address or may be obtained by clicking on the link below.

Waiakea PFA draft rules

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Results of public hearing for amendments to West Hawaii administrative rules
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is proposing to amend and adopt Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) pertaining to West Hawaii, specifically to amend chapters 13-54, 13-57, and 13-75, repeal 13-60.3, and adopt a new replacement chapter 13-60.4. The rules propose establishment of a list of 40 fish species permitted for aquarium take with size and bag limits on three of these species, a SCUBA/Rebreather spearfishing prohibition, prohibition on take or possession of nine species of inshore sharks and rays and two invertebrate crown-of-thorns predators, closing a 1,500 foot section of Ka'ohe Bay, South Kona to aquarium collecting and several other rule changes to enhance enforcement of aquarium collecting regulations and to clarify existing rule provisions. Public testimony on these rules was accepted from 17 October, 2012 to 19 December, 2012. A Public Hearing on the proposed rules was held in West Hawaii on 05 December, 2012.

All submitted public testimony and comments as well as an overall summary can be downloaded below.

After an assessment of the necessity and utility of the rules, DLNR's Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) will recommend to the Board of Land and Natural Resources that the West Hawaii rules be approved in their entirety. The next step in the rulemaking process is final decision making by the Board. It is anticipated that the Board will address DAR's recommendation of approval at a meeting to be held shortly after the current legislative session ends (May 2013).

The following relevant pdf files can be downloaded:

Draft rules
Background on proposed rules
Small Business Impact Statement
Rules summary
Rules comments
Summary of testimony and comments
Testimony in support
Testimony in opposition
Background on aquarium "white list"
Background on SCUBA spearfishing

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Commercial Fishing Report Online System now available
Licensed commercial fishers are now able to submit their monthly Commercial Fishing Report online.  The link is available at the DAR commercial fishing web page. Commercial fishers may use the online system to submit their fishing reports.   Some of the benefits of the Online Fishing Report system that licensed commercial fishers will realize include:

  • Ability to view report submission status
  • Easy to submit "Did Not Fish" report for month in which a fisher had no activity
  • Drop down windows for area fish code, buoy, gear, landing port and species to facilitate report completion
  • An option to save data entries for each individual fishing trip until a fisher is ready to submit their report at end of the month
  • Ability to print copy of the monthly report for the fisher's business records
  • Option to download an extract of the fishing report record for import into the fisher's favorite software so they can analyze their own fishing performance
  • A link to Online Commercial Marine Licensing System that allows renew of a Commercial Marine License online
  • Web-site security through the State of Hawai'i's internet portal - eHawaii.gov


During the initial phase of this online project, only the Fishing Report form can be submitted online.  Other report forms, including the commercial Aquarium Catch, Deep-sea Handline Trip, Tuna Handline Trip, Net/Trap/Dive & Activity Reports, will be available for online reporting in the near future.

DLNR is providing this new online system as an alternative method of submitting mandatory monthly commercial fishing reports, which are required by law.  It is DLNR's goal to facilitate the collection of fishing reports, which provide invaluable data for both State and Federal government agencies who co-manage the fisheries in Hawaiian waters.  By submitting complete and accurate fishing reports every month before the reporting deadline (the 10th day of the following month), commercial fishers will avoid license renewal refusal, or fines administered by the Civil Resources Violation System.

Commercial fishers who require assistance in using the new online system may contact the Statistical Unit in Honolulu at (808) 587-0108, or 587-0595, or 587-0084, or 587-0594 from Monday through Friday, 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM, except holidays. They may also e-mail questions to the Fishing Report hotline.

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Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline FMA closed to fishing during 2013, open to fishing Jan 1, 2014.
The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area is closed to fishing during the calendar year 2013. This area is closed to fishing on alternate years to help restore fish populations. The FMA is open to fishing during the calendar year 2014.

Location
The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area extends from the ewa wall of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium to the Diamond Head Lighthouse, from the highwater mark out to a minimum seaward distance of 500 yards, or to the seaward edge of the fringing reef if one occurs beyond 500 yards.

Fishing periods
"Open to fishing" from January 1 to December 31 of even-numbered years.
"Closed to fishing" from January 1 to December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Permitted
To fish for, take or possess any legal size marine life in season during the "open to fishing" period, provided that only hook-and-line, thrownet, handnet to land hooked fish, and spear fishing and hand harvesting methods are employed.
With a permit to engage in activities otherwise prohibited by law for scientific, propagation or other purposes.

Prohibited
To fish for, take or injure any marine life (including eggs), or to possess in the water any fishing gear during the "closed to fishing" period.
To use any spear between the hours of 6:00 pm to 6:00 am, or have or possess in the water any trap or net except thrownet or handnet to land hooked fish during the "open to fishing" period.

Download a pdf copy of the administrative rule and illustrative map of the Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline FMA.

NOTE: The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline FMA is adjacent to the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District where fishing is prohibited. Please see the DAR Fishing Regulations page or the Marine Life Conservation District pages for more information.