Hawaii Division Aquatic Resources

Marine Fishes and Vertebrates

ahi Ahi
Minimum size 3 pounds (sale)
HAR 13-95
aholehole Aholehole
Minimum size 5 inches
HAR 13-95
amaama ‘Ama‘ama (striped mullet)
Closed season December - March
Minimum size 11 inches
HAR 13-95,  HRS 188-44
awa Awa
Minimum size 9 inches (spearing and sale)
HAR 13-95
moi Moi
Closed season June - August
Minimum size 11 inches
Bag limit 15
HAR 13-95
oio ‘O‘io
Minimum size 14 inches
HAR 13-95
uhu Uhu
Minimum size 12 inches
HAR 13-95
ulua Ulua and papio
Minimum size 10 inches
Minimum size 16 inches for sale
Bag limit 20 (total all species)
HAR 13-95
weke Weke and ‘Oama
Minimum size 7 inches (sale)
Bag limit 50 ‘oama (‘oama are weke under 7 inches)
HAR 13-95
kumu Kumu
Minimum size 10 inches
HAR 13-95
moano Moano
Minimum size 7 inches
HAR 13-95
kala Kala
Minimum size 14 inches
HAR 13-95
opelu kala ‘Opelu kala
Minimum size 16 inches
HAR 13-95
manini Manini
Minimum size 5 inches
HAR 13-95
onaga `Ula`ula koa`e (onaga)
Minimum size 1 pound (sale)
Bag limit 5 (total all Deep 7 species, applies to non-commercial fishing only)
See additional bottomfishing information
HAR 13-95,  HAR 13-94, HAR 13-74

opakapaka 'Opakapaka
Minimum size 1 pound (sale)
Bag limit 5 (total all Deep 7 species, applies to non-commercial fishing only)
See additional bottomfishing information
HAR 13-95,  HAR 13-94, HAR 13-74

ehu `Ula`ula (ehu)
Bag limit 5 (total all Deep 7 species, applies to non-commercial fishing only)
See additional bottomfishing information
HAR 13-94, HAR 13-74

kalekale Kalekale
Bag limit 5 (total all Deep 7 species, applies to non-commercial fishing only)
See additional bottomfishing information
HAR 13-94, HAR 13-74

lehi Lehi
Bag limit 5 (total all Deep 7 species, applies to non-commercial fishing only)
See additional bottomfishing information
HAR 13-94, HAR 13-74

gindai `Ukikiki (gindai)
Bag limit 5 (total all Deep 7 species, applies to non-commercial fishing only)
See additional bottomfishing information
HAR 13-94, HAR 13-74

hapuu Hapu'u
Bag limit 5 (total all Deep 7 species, applies to non-commercial fishing only)
See additional bottomfishing information
HAR 13-95,  HAR 13-94
uku Uku
Minimum size 1 pound (spearing and sale)
HAR 13-95

akule Akule and Halalu
Unlawful to take akule under
8-1/2 inches with net July through October, or possess or sell more than 200 pounds of akule under
8-1/2 inches per day from July through October
See additional akule net rules
HAR 13-95

opelu ‘Opelu
No minimum mesh size;
Unlawful to use animal bait except with hook-and-line in waters of South Kona between Kiilae-Keokea and Kapua-Kaulanamauna boundaries
HAR 13-95

nehu Nehu
Bag limit one gallon (home consumption);
Nets over 50 feet for commercial use only;
Bait license required for commercial use;
Unlawful to sell or trade dried or cured nehu
HAR 13-95,  HAR 13-90,  HRS 188-45

iao ‘Iao
Commercial use only, bait license required;
Unlawful to sell or trade dried or cured ‘iao
HAR 13-95,  HRS 188-45


Other Regulated Marine Vertebrates

honu Honu
(Sea turtles)
No open season
Federal laws also apply to these endangered and threatened species
HRS 195D-4
monk seal ‘Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua
(Hawaiian monk seal)
Unlawful to molest, kill, capture, or possess at any time;
Federal laws also apply to these endangered species
HRS 195D-4