Aquatic Resources

LIHU‘E, Kaua‘i –The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) this month called together a number of partners including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and University of Hawai‘i to address the ongoing Kaua‘i black band coral disease outbreak. This will be the third meeting of the Kaua‘i Management Response Team. The Response Team will review the latest data about the disease, identify research next steps, and consider available management options.

HONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources today announced that amendments to Hawaii Administrative Rules, Chapter 13-95, Rules Regulating the Taking and Selling of Certain Marine Resources, will take effect Thursday, May 1, 2014.

LIHU‘E – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announces an open fishing season for rainbow trout in the Koke‘e Public Fishing Area (PFA) on Kaua‘i, tentatively beginning Saturday, June 14, 2014.

HONOLULU –Another milestone was reached today, as teams from the Anuenue Fisheries Research Center (AFRC), a facility of the state’s Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), planted the 200,000th juvenile sea urchin in Oahu’s Kaneohe Bay. Over the past three years, AFRC has successfully spawned and raised collector urchins in captivity with the express purpose of releasing them in the bay as part of an ecosystem-based management plan and for environmental mitigation work.

HONOLULU –A state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officer cited a fisherman for using a throw net with mesh of less than two inches in waters off Aina Haina on Feb. 5. The officer spotted the man fishing with a throw net from shore while on routine patrol.

HONOLULU —An Ewa fisherman was found guilty of violating state laynet fishing rules and fined $500 in Ewa District Court on Feb. 19, 2014. Allen Zamora was cited by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) for possession of illegal lay nets in the Waikele Stream-West Loch area on Dec. 14, 2013.

HONOLULU –The Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) are advising people to be “dolphin smart.”To avoid potential harassment of spinner dolphins, ocean and beach goers should keep the recommended distance of 150 feet (50 yards) when observing dolphins in the wild. Hawaiian spinner dolphins move near shore into bays and coves during the day to rest, care for their young, and avoid predators. During this time it is important not to disturb them as these activities are critical to their survival. At night they move offshore to feed.

LIHUE, Kauai – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) is responding to and investigating reports received on Monday of between 500-800 dead and dying lanternfish (Myctophid) and squid near Nawiliwili.

KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII -- A coral species new to the main Hawaiian Islands has been discovered in West Hawaii by a research team of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Aquatic Resources divers, under the leadership of senior biologist Dr. Bill Walsh.

HONOLULU – With the new year, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) launched a newly recast and mobile-friendly freshwater fishing license website. Facilitated by Abercrombie Administration efforts to modernize and transform state technology infrastructure, this online resource allows Hawaii residents and non-residents to purchase a license required to fish in the state’s freshwater streams and waters from their computer or mobile device.