The Division of Aquatic Resources will submit the following agenda item at the January 11, 2019 meeting of the Board of Land and Natural Resources: “Request to open the following existing Main Hawaiian Islands Bottomfish Restricted Fishing Areas (BRFAs): BRFA C (Poipu, Kauai), BRFA F (Penguin Banks), BRFA J (Hana, Maui) and BRFA L (Leleiwi, ...
Read More DAR proposes opening four bottomfish restricted fishing areas

The annual fishing season for rainbow trout in the Kōke‘e Public Fishing Area on Kaua‘i will open on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Anglers may fish daily from June 16 through Sept. 30, 2018. Fishing hours will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m, and the daily bag limit for this year will be ten (10) rainbow trout per ...
Read More Annual rainbow trout season at Kōke‘e, Kaua‘i opens June 16

The Division of Aquatic Resources has received the Final Report from the Study Group for the Feasibility of a Non-Commercial Marine Fishing Registry, Permit, or License System for Hawai‘i.  The Study Group was jointly convened by Conservation International Hawai‘i and the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, and consisted of fisheries resource managers, experts, and ...
Read More Feasibility of a non-commercial marine fishing registry, permit, or license system in Hawai‘i

A compound commonly found in sunscreens has been shown to cause serious harm to corals, and the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is asking people who enter the ocean to avoid using sunscreens which contain oxybenzone. A recent study has shown that oxybenzone causes deformities in coral larvae (planulae), making them unable to ...
Read More DLNR asks ocean users to avoid sunscreens with oxybenzone

Frequently Asked Questions A set of frequently-asked questions and their answers is now available for download as a pdf. DLNR News Release, July 26, 2018 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT REQUIRED FOR COMMERCIAL AQUARIUM PERMITS (Honolulu) – After a full and detailed review of two Final Environment Assessments (EAs) prepared by the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council ...
Read More Update of court rulings regarding aquarium fishing, including FAQs

People who sell the fish they catch in Hawaiian waters are required to have a commercial marine license (CML), whether they’re full-time fishers or “weekend warriors.”  At its December 8, 2017 meeting, the Board of Land and Natural Resources approved an increase in the annual commercial marine license fee, from $50 per year to $100. ...
Read More Commercial Marine License fee increase now effective

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold public hearings on the proposed amendments to Chapter 13-74, Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) relating to commercial marine license fees and reporting deadlines for marine dealers. The proposed amendments would increase the annual commercial license fees from its current $50/year to $100/year initially, then to $150/year ...
Read More Public hearings scheduled on proposal to increase commercial marine license fees

The Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) held a series of four public scoping meetings on Molokai, Oahu, and Maui in March and April 2017 regarding the proposed Moloka‘i Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA). In addition to written and verbal comments collected at the meetings, DAR also received mailed and email comments on the proposal from ...
Read More Revised summary of public scoping meeting comments on proposed Moloka‘i CBSFA available for review

The annual fishing season for rainbow trout in the Kōke‘e Public Fishing Area on Kaua‘i will open on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Anglers may fish daily from June 17 through Sept. 30, 2017. Fishing hours will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m, and the daily bag limit for this year will be six (6) rainbow trout per ...
Read More Annual rainbow trout season at Kōke‘e, Kaua‘i opens June 17

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold public scoping meetings to discuss a proposal to establish a Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) along the north coast of Moloka‘i. The proposed CBSFA extends from ‘Īlio Point in the west to Kaholaiki Bay in the east, from the shoreline out to one nautical mile. ...
Read More Public meetings scheduled on proposal to establish a Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area for the North Coast of Moloka‘i