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DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCESNews Release NEIL ABERCROMBIEGOVERNOR WILLIAM J. AILA JR,CHAIRPERSON For Immediate News Release October 29, 2014  INSTREAM MEASUREMENTS CONTINUE ON MAUI Na Wai Eha Stream Monitoring Update  HONOLULU – The Hawaii Commission on Water Resource Management (“Commission”) is overseeing implementation of the Na Wai ‘Ehâ Interim Instream Flow Standards (“Instream Flow”) ...
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KAHULUI -- New state fishing rules regulating the take and possession of uhu (parrotfish) and goatfish on Maui island take effect on November 1, 2014, following signature into law by Governor Neil Abercrombie.

HONOLULU - The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will hold a series of public informational meetings about the ongoing Kôkeʻe Area Restoration and Reforestation project.

HONOLULU - The state Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) today unanimously approved Hawaii's first ever Community Based Fisheries Subsistence Area (CBFSA) rule package for Haena on the island of Kauai. BLNR Chairperson William Alia said, "This is an historic action, following years of work by the Haena community in collaboration with Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) staff. This rules package gives the Haena hui an opportunity to protect its fisheries, based on traditional and customary practices. Native Hawaiians knew how to practice sustainability in order to feed their ohanas. This is strong recognition by government that we cannot do it alone and community-based management and buy-in is critical to sustaining Hawaii's precious natural resources for now and future generations."

HONOLULU – The wide-spread coral bleaching event being experienced on Oahu, Kauai and Maui has attracted the attention of two separate teams interested in documenting and further studying its causes.

The State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources announces the opening of the 2014-2015 Game Bird Hunting Season on Saturday, November 1, 2014. The fall game bird hunting season will run through Monday, January 19, 2015, with legal hunting days on Saturday, Sunday, and State Holidays. Department biologists are predicting an average season of bird hunting, with the easing of drought conditions in many parts of the state. A December 31, 2007 appellate court ruling determined that no game bird stamp sales are allowed for hunting. A valid hunting license only is required for all game bird hunting on public and private lands. All game bird hunting is regulated by Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 13, Chapter 122 (see http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw “Administrative Rules”).

The State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) is pleased to announce that application forms for the 2015 Lanai Axis deer hunting season, together with instruction sheets, are available at all DOFAW Offices Statewide beginning Monday October 20, 2014. It is imperative that hunter applicants obtain and pay particular attention to the hunt instruction sheet and addendum for additional changes in the application process. Due to a December 31, 2007 appellate court ruling, application fees for the 2015 Lanai Axis deer season have been waived. Pending approval of Chapter 123,

LIHUE – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks is conducting public safety improvement work at Haena State Park on Kauai, beginning Oct. 27, 2014 and continuing through Nov. 8, 2014. The work includes stabilization of loose boulders and other material along the road near Waiakanaloa Wet Cave.

HONOLULU – For a third time this week, a Maui ocean user encountered a shark in murky water today around 10 a.m.
Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers report two women from Kihei, ages 53 and 46, were about 200 yards off Waipulani Beach Park, stand-up paddle boarding in five to six feet of water when one saw a shark approaching the other’s board. The woman said a tiger shark knocked her friend into the water when it bit the tail part of her board, and that she only saw the shark’s dorsal fin and head, which she believes was about two feet wide.

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES News Release NEIL ABERCROMBIE GOVERNOR WILLIAM J. AILA JR, CHAIRPERSON For Immediate News Release October 21, 2014 KAUA‘I SCHOOL CHILDREN JOIN IN RELEASE OF RESCUED ‘A‘O  (Click on image to watch video) LIHU‘E – Four fledgling ‘A‘o (Newell’s Shearwaters) were released to a life on the open ocean today ...
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