HONOLULU -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announces the opening of the Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area, O‘ahu, to fishing for one year beginning Jan. 1, 2014, and ending Dec.31, 2014. The Fisheries Management Area encompasses the nearshore waters between the ‘Ewa wall of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium and the Diamond Head Lighthouse, from the high-water mark on shore to a minimum seaward distance of 500 yards, or to the edge of the fringing reef if one occurs beyond 500 yards.

‘LIHU'E -- A new study by the Kaua‘i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP) and US Geological Survey (USGS), has recently discovered that Hawaiian Petrels nesting on Kaua‘i travel thousands of kilometers to feed their chicks. Researchers found that breeding petrels on Kaua‘i undertake epic, multi-week journeys from their tropical montane nesting sites to a large area of ocean south of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.

LIHU‘E – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is issuing a reminder to pet owners to keep all dogs on leash, after three Laysan Albatross (or Moli) were killed on the North shore of Kaua‘i this weekend in the latest incident where albatross have been slaughtered by loose dogs. The dead albatross, which have only just started returning to Kaua‘i after many months out at sea, were found by tourists walking near Moloa‘a Bay.

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES News Release NEIL ABERCROMBIE GOVERNOR WILLIAM J. AILA JR, CHAIRPERSON For Immediate News Release December 11, 2013 MALE, 29, BIT BY SHARK WHILE AT PUNALUU BEACH PARK, HAWAII PUNALUU, HAWAII — The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers and DLNR Aquatic ...
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DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES News Release NEIL ABERCROMBIE GOVERNOR WILLIAM J. AILA JR, CHAIRPERSON For Immediate News Release December 10, 2013 Jason Scott Lee Featured in Effort to Save the Palila, a Highly Endangered Hawaiian Bird (Honolulu, HI, December 10, 2013). Jason Scott Lee, star of 25 motion pictures and raised in Hawai‘i, ...
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Please visit http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/forestry/lap/fsp/ to download the application and learn more about the Forest Stewardship and Forest Legacy Programs in Hawai‘i. For more information please contact Irene Sprecher at DLNR-Division of Forestry and Wildlife, (808) 587-4167, or email [email protected] Applications are due by December 31, 2013.

HONOLULU -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold statewide public hearings to amend Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) relating to stony coral and live rock. The proposed amendments would clarify what activities constitute "damage" to stony coral and live rock, and establish a formula for calculating administrative penalties for such violations.

HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks will be conducting repairs to the park’s water system from 7:30 a.m. to approximately mid-day near the park’s entrance. Doonwood Engineering will be replacing worn parts of a backflow preventer.

KULANI, HAWAI‘I – A new Christmas tradition is taking place in remote forests above Hilo. Early in the morning, volunteers scan the trees, looking for jewels far more beautiful than any Christmas ornament. These volunteers are on a quest to find Hawai‘i’s rarest native birds. The forests of Kulani are part of the Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve (NAR) managed by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). On Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, the DLNR Natural Area Reserves System (NARS), the Three Mountain Alliance (TMA), and the Hawai‘i Audubon Society and community volunteers will search through the forest and count native birds in an annual survey of the forest.

The park will remain open, but park users are notified that there will be no water for showers and restrooms will be closed until repairs are completed by about mid-day.