Hawaii Division Aquatic Resources

Regulated Fishing Areas in Maui County

maui county locations

Marine Life Conservation Districts
Honolua-Mokule`ia Bay
Manele-Hulopo`e
Molokini Shoal

Kahului Harbor, Maui
HRS 188-34, HAR 13-51
kahului harbor

Location: Kahului Harbor is the primary port on the northern coast of Maui. The Fisheries Management Area is bounded seaward by a line between the seaward edges of the breakwaters, as shown. Permitted activities shall not be construed as allowing activities within any portion of the harbor which may otherwise be prohibited by laws or rules of the Department of Transportation.

Permitted
To use a bait net to take nehu and other baitfish, with a license.
To use a net, except lay net, to take akule with a valid commercial marine license.
To use a landing net to secure hooked marine life.
To use a push or hand net while on shore to take shrimp or other marine life, provided the net,
including handle, is no more than three feet in any dimension.
To use up to ten crab nets not more than two feet in diameter to take crabs.
To use a net to take mullet less than three inches fork length for stocking an aquaculture facility, with a license.

Prohibited
To use any net, except as indicated in permitted activities above.
To take or possesss a total of more than 50 marine life per person per day, except baitfish or akule with the proper license.
To snag any marine life.
To use more than two poles with one line and up to two hooks per pole, each hook having only one point.

Fisher check stations
Individuals and groups entering the FMA to take marine life must follow check-in and reporting requirements posted at fisher check stations on site.

Kahekili, Maui
HAR 13-60.7
kahekili map

Location: Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area is located off north Ka'anapali. The northern boundary is a straight line extending 1292 yards west from Honokowai Beach Park, the southern boundary is a straight line extending 335 yards west from Hanaka'o'o Beach, and the seaward boundary is a straight line connecting the seaward endpoints of the northern and southern boundaries, as shown.

Permitted
To fish for, injure, kill, possess, or remove any finfish or invertebrate, except prohibited species indicated below.
To use bait or other attractants while fishing for permitted marine life.

Prohibited
To injure, kill, possess, or remove any rudderfish (nenue), parrotfish (uhu), or surgeonfish.
To injure, kill, possess, or remove any sea urchin.
To feed or deliberately introduce any attractant, directly to or in the vicinity of any marine life, except while fishing for permitted marine life.

Kaunakakai Harbor, Moloka`i
HAR 13-56
kaunakakai harbor

Location: Kaunakakai Harbor is located on the southern coast of the island of Molokai. As shown in the map, portions of the commercial harbor designated "Area 1A" and "Area 1B" are separated by a line extending from the Channel Range Lights, and portions of the small craft harbor are designated "Area 2".

Permitted
Within Area 1A, fishing with thrownet or pole and line; taking baitfish in season, with a bait license; and fishing with nets a) with a permit from the Board of Land and Natural Resources, b) with clearance from the Department of Transportation, and c) except at night when nets may not be set, nor remain in the water unless to complete unloading fish.
Within Area 1B, fishing with thrownet or pole and line.
Within Area 2, fishing with pole and line; using hand nets no longer than 3 feet in any dimension to take shrimp or land fish already hooked.

Prohibited
Within Area 1A, using nets except as described above; obstructing passage of vessels.
Within Area 1B, using any type of net except thrownet.
Within Area 2, using any type of net, except hand nets as described above.

Manele Harbor, Lana`i
HAR 13-53
manele harbor

Location: Manele Harbor is a small boat harbor on the southern coast of Lanai. Area 1 refers to the shoreline portion of the entrance channel and basin, bounded seaward by a line connecting the seaward tip of the three groins along the shoreline. Area 2 refers to the breakwater portion of the entrance channel. Permitted activities should not be construed as allowing activities within any portion of the harbor which may otherwise be prohibited by laws or rules of the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation.

Permitted
To use and possess crab nets, hand nets for shrimp, and landing nets within Areas 1 and 2, provided the net's frame is no more than 3 feet in diameter (excluding handle).
To possess but not use nets on board vessels within Area 2.
Commercial fishers with a Bait License may use and possess nets within Areas 1 and 2 to take baitfishes.

Prohibited
To use or possess any type of net within Areas 1 and 2 except as indicated in permitted activities above.

Kaho`olawe Island Reserve
HAR 13-260, HRS 6K
kahoolawe island

Location: Kaho`olawe Island Reserve includes the island of Kaho`olawe and surrounding waters seaward to a distance of two nautical miles.
DANGER: The Reserve is a former military range, and unexploded ordnance is present on the island and in surrounding waters.

Permitted:
Cultural, spiritual, subsistence, preservation, restoration, educational, and fishing activities specifically authorized by the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission.

Prohibited:
All entrance into and activities within the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve, including all manner of boating, fishing, and diving, unless specifically authorized by the Commission.

Contact the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission at 586-0761 (Oahu) or
243-5889 (Maui) for assistance and further information on permitted activities.