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. ...
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The Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) has moved out of its location at 130 Mahalani Street in Wailuku and set up shop temporarily at Māʻalaea Small Boat Harbor. The office is on the first floor portion of the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation office building at 101 Māʻalaea Boat Harbor Road, Wailuku, HI 96793. Parking is available on the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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The State of Hawai‘i is committed to effectively managing 30% of Hawai‘i’s nearshore ocean waters by 2030, setting a unified target for marine practitioners grounded in science. There are multiple ways to effectively manage Hawai‘i’s nearshore waters, including improving the capacity and coverage of enforcement, strengthening the State’s marine management infrastructure, supporting community-based marine management, ...
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The Division of Aquatic Resources has finalized the management plan for the Hāʻena Community-based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) and plans to brief the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) on the outcomes of the public comment process and the finalized management plan at the August 26, 2016 BLNR meeting. View final management plan.

Governor David Ige approved creation of a new marine reserve at Ka‘ūpūlehu, on the west coast of Hawai‘i island. The rule took effect Friday, July 29, 2016. The new reserve’s boundaries encompass the previously-designated Ka‘ūpūlehu Fish Replenishment Area. The rule establishes a 10-year no-take “rest period” (with limited exceptions) to allow for the recovery of ...
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The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments relating to the proposed Hāʻena Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) Management Plan. The proposed Hāʻena CBSFA management plan describes the non-regulatory management strategies to be used in conjunction with the Hā‘ena CBSFA rules that were ...
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The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold a combined public informational meeting and formal public rulemaking hearing in West Hawai‘i to amend Hawaii Administrative Rules (“HAR”) Title 13, chapter 60.4, to establish the Ka‘ūpūlehu Marine Reserve. The Reserve boundaries will encompass the existing Ka‘ūpūlehu Fish Replenishment Area. The proposed amendments would provide ...
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Following an emergency measure that temporarily banned harvest of all sea cucumbers in Hawaiian waters, a new permanent rule goes into effect January 10, 2016. Under the new rule: Commercial consumptive take and sale is prohibited. Personal use is limited to 10 per person per day. Tiger tail (Holothuria hilla) and hot dog (H. edulis) ...
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