(HILO) - Early Friday morning, July 31, 2015, officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement arrested seven men, camping in the restricted area on Maunakea on Hawaii Island. The Hawaii County Police Department provided transportation support and booking and rangers from the Office of Mauna Kea Management provided logistical support. An additional six men were issued citations and voluntarily left the mountain.

KAHULUI, MAUI – Skippy Hau, an aquatics biologist with the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) has dedicated much of his career to studying the life cycles and movements of fresh water fishes, shrimp, and snails. Carefully navigating the slippery stream beds and rocks of east and central Maui, Hau has collected reams of data on the movements of five fishes (‘o‘opu), shrimp (‘opae), and snails (hihiwai). “Often we think of taking from the ocean only, but historically people have depended on harvests from freshwater streams for sustenance as well,” Hau explains.

The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources unanimous decision to ban sea cucumber harvesting for 120 days was signed into law by Governor David Ige Friday evening. This video chronicles the entire board discussion and public testimony about the emergency rule making harvesting illegal; giving the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources the next four months to develop a permanent set of rules.

(HONOLULU) – The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR)approved a rule today to make it illegal to take any species of sea cucumber from Hawaii State waters for the next 120 days. This is in response to an investigation by officers of the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), who confirmed that a new commercial fishery recently started. The investigation was supported further by public observations. Governor David Ige is expected to quickly follow the BLNR approval by signing the emergency administrative rules.

Honolulu –Nearly two miles of ungulate proof fencing, surrounding the Pu’u Maka’ ala Natural Area Reserve (NAR), built in the early part of this decade, was recently cut and destroyed by vandals. Ungulate fencing is intended to keep feral goats, pigs and other invasive animals away from native plants. This is not the first time fencing in two units within this Hawaii Island Natural (NAR) was vandalized. Aroutine inspection of the fencing by NAR staff from the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) revealed that vandals had cut through multiple sections of fence at intervals of 5-10 meters top to bottom.

(Honolulu) – Nearly 11,000 people have viewed the on-line video, Sacred Falls-Don’t Risk Your Life, a Fine, or Jail, since it was released by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources in February 2015. Several popular on-line and social media travel and attractions sites now feature a link to the video and voluntarily removed specific directions to the long-closed park from their web pages.

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HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Legislature identified climate change as one of the most urgent and long-term threats to the State’s economy, sustainability, security and way of life over the next century. In 2014 it passed Act 83 in order to address the effects of climate change. Act 83 also established the Interagency Climate Adaptation Committee (ICAC), with representatives from more than a dozen state and county agencies. The ICAC is tasked with developing a statewide Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Report (SLR Report) to the legislature by the end of 2017. The committee held its first meeting this week on June 3.

HONOLULU – A new type of microscopic lesion, termed colony-wide protein losing cytopathology (CPLC), was associated with of an unusual die-off of corals (Montipora capitata) in central Kaneohe Bay in early February. The cause of CPLC is not known.

LIHU 'E – Annual seabird radar monitoring work has now begun in conjunction with the start of the breeding season for both both ‘A‘o (Newell’s Shearwaters) and Ua’u (Hawaiian Petrels) on Kaua’i. This is a project of the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP).

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