The Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) is seeking input into development of a permit system for shark fishing. In June of 2021 House Bill (HB) 553 was signed into law making it illegal for a person to knowingly capture or kill any shark while in state marine waters. While targeting sharks in state waters is ...
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The Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) will host a virtual Holoholo Talk Story session Thursday January 26 from 5:30–7:30pm to discuss proposed Legislation for 2023 relevant to DAR. We will also share how fishers and community members can participate in the legislative process. While we encourage participation in the legislative process, this Holoholo session is ...
Read More Statewide fisher “talk story” session scheduled for Thursday, January 26 via Zoom

Hawai’i Pacific University’s (HPU’s) Center for Marine Debris Research has announced the start of a new project. This project, partially funded by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program Removal Grant, will pay a bounty for derelict fishing gear (DFG) found at sea, removed and brought back to O’ahu by commercial fishers. The main ...
Read More O’ahu-based derelict fishing gear bounty to start January 9, 2023

The State Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR), at its December 9 meeting, approved the adoption of Hawai‘i Administrative Rule (HAR) chapter 13-60.41 to prohibit the take of pāku‘iku‘i (Achilles Tang) within the West Hawai‘i Regional Fishery Management Area (WHRFMA) on Hawai‘i Island under adaptive management rulemaking authority. This is the first time that ...
Read More Take of pāku‘iku‘i off West Hawai‘i prohibited effective Dec 19

The Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) will request approval from the Board of Land and Natural Resources, at its December 8, 2022 meeting, to hold public hearings to update Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) Chapter 13-95, “Rules Regulating the Taking and Selling of Certain Marine Resources.” The proposed amendments include: Increasing the minimum size for manini ...
Read More Proposal to amend fishing regulations for manini, kole, kala, uhu, and Kona crab

In response to rapidly declining pāku‘iku‘i (Achilles Tang) population size along the west coast of the island of Hawai‘i, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will request findings and approval from the BLNR, at its meeting on Friday, December 9, 2022, for timely adoption of adaptive management rules temporarily establishing a new chapter ...
Read More Proposal to adopt rules for pāku‘iku‘i replenishment along West Hawai‘i coastline

DAR is hosting a series of three in-person talk-story events on Maui to help the community become familiar with the Holomua Initiative and provide input on its direction. The meetings will be held at the following locations. Wailuku: Friday 10/28, 5:00-9:00 pm, J. Walter Cameron Center Auditorium, 95 Mahalani Street Lahaina: Saturday 10/29, 1:00-5:00 pm, ...
Read More Holomua Marine 30×30 community talk-story events scheduled for Maui

September marks the opening of Kona crab and lobster season. As a reminder, taking of female Kona crab and female spiny lobster is prohibited. To review the complete list of regulations for these and other species, click here.

A new Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) for Miloli‘i, decades in the making, is now a reality. The Miloli‘i CBSFA was established to sustainably support the consumptive needs of communities along the southwest coast of the Big Island while recognizing and protecting customary and traditional native Hawaiian fishing practices. It creates four pu‘uhonua (shelters) to ...
Read More Newly-established Miloli‘i Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area rules now in effect

The Department of Land and Natural Resources, in collaboration with the Hui Maka‘āinana o Makana, will hold a public meeting for the five-year evaluation of the Hāʻena Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area as defined in Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §188-22.9 and Hawai‘i Administrative Rules §13-60.8. The meeting will feature presentations from the Division of Aquatic Resources, Division ...
Read More Public meeting scheduled August 27 for Hāʻena CBSFA five-year evaluation

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