All DAR offices across the state are closed to the public and non-staff members until further notice.    For more information on COVID-19 from the State of Hawaii’s Department Of Health (DOH) click HERE. 

Lissa Fox Strohecker from ‘The Maui News’ spoke to DAR’s Jules Kuo about how keeping boats clean can help preserve our reefs! View the story HERE. 

AIS Team February/March Update

Posted on Mar 4, 2020 in Main, slider

  Want updates on all Hawaii’s Invasive species? This update from the AIS Team was provided to the Hawaii Invasive Species Council(HISC) as part of their bi-monthly newsletter!  HISC News is a semi-monthly newsletter that provides: Recurring updates from active response efforts Announcements and programmatic updates from agencies and partners Upcoming events. This newsletter is ...
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To view video please click on photo or view at this link: (Honolulu) – Building on the success of collector urchin out-plantings in Kāne‘ohe  Bay, the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) is now out-planting hatchery-raised native sea urchins in the Waikīkī Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD).  This week the DAR Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) ...

  February 2020 is the 8th annual Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Month (HISAM), as proclaimed by Hawai’i Governor David Ige at a ceremony at the State Capitol on February 14. HISAM is coordinated by the interagency Hawai‘i Invasive Species Council (HISC) and includes awards and volunteer events across the state. View the proclamation HERE The ...

DLNR DAR Ballast Water and Hull Fouling Program commenced a pilot study to (1) examine the concentration of plankton in three commercial harbors on Oahu and (2) investigate the use of a new technology, Ballast Check 2, in measuring ballast water compliance. Hawaii Administrative Rule (HAR) §13-76-19 will be amended to apply to interisland transit. In ...
Read More Plankton Concentration in Oahu’s Commercial Harbors and the Ballast Check 2

In-Water Cleaning Update

Posted on Feb 9, 2018 in Main, slider

In-water cleaning (IWC) of vessels is not allowed in the State of Hawai`i due to the potential biosecurity risks and release of vessel antifouling paint that may degrade water quality. However, IWC of vessels is a useful method of biofouling management between dry-dockings, thereby minimizing biosecurity risks associated with overgrowth in addition to improving vessel ...
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The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign is dedicated to empowering recreational users of aquatic resources in the United States and worldwide to help control and reduce the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species through partnerships and outreach activities. For more information on aquatic hitchhikers and how you can help, check out their newly updated website here.  

Become a Citizen Scientist!

Posted on May 8, 2017 in Main, slider

Become a Citizen Scientist!   Have you spotted invasive species around Hawai‘i? Sign up on to record and share your species observations with a growing world-wide network. You can join the State of Hawaii: Aquatic Invasive Species group to document your observation of non-native aquatic species listed on our website. This additional data helps us in ...
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