DLNR News Release, November 30, 2020 DLNR RESPONSE TO LATEST COURT RULING ON AQUARIUM FISHING IN HAWAI‘I (HONOLULU) –The Department of Land and Natural Resources is taking immediate steps to comply with a new order issued late Friday from the First Circuit Court, requiring Chapter 343 environmental review for issuance of new or renewed annual ...
Read More Update of court rulings regarding aquarium fishing: issuing and renewing commercial marine licenses temporarily suspended

O‘ahu commercial fishers (not longline fishers) can apply for the Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund for a new maximum of $5,000 of qualified expenses. This is a reimbursement grant; proof of purchase must be submitted with the application. Previously approved applicants can reapply for items not on their original application but total combined cannot ...
Read More Financial assistance program reopened for O‘ahu commercial fishers

The Division of Aquatic Resources will request approval from the Board of Land and Natural Resources, at its November 13 meeting, to hold public hearings to amend HAR 13-74 to increase the commercial marine license (CML) fee for non-residents of Hawai‘i from its current $100 to $250 per year. The proposed amendments also make a ...
Read More Proposal to increase non-resident Commercial Marine License fees

CARES Act applications are now available through the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission website.  Applications must be submitted to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission by Nov. 23, 2020. Interested applicants must review the Hawai‘i spend plan to determine their eligibility. At a minimum, applicants must be able to claim: Economic revenue losses greater than ...
Read More Update on CARES Act funding for Hawai‘i’s commercial fishing industry (updated Nov 5) – Applications now available

The Division of Aquatic Resources encourages interested people to sign up to participate in statewide herbivore management virtual scoping meetings. You can be part of the discussion to better protect our reefs by participating in these meetings for statewide herbivore management. Ten virtual scoping meetings will be held via Zoom® starting in November.  There will be two ...
Read More Statewide scoping meetings for herbivore management

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the State of Hawaii have published an updated management plan for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. The management plan guides the sanctuary to protect humpback whales and their marine habitat through conservation, research, education, and outreach. For more information, visit this NOAA site. You ...
Read More Whale sanctuary management plan available

O‘ahu commercial fishers may be eligible for financial assistance from the Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund through the City & County of Honolulu.  See this flyer for details.  For information about assistance with language interpretation or computer skills, click here.

Although State beaches are closed for the time being, fishing is still allowed subject to the following limitations*: You may cross a state beach in order to get to the ocean, but you must maintain physical distancing requirements. You may fish in state waters or on state land, but groups of two or more persons ...
Read More Fishing guidelines during COVID-19 (updated Sep 24)

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) proposes to hold a public meeting and hearing to amend and compile HAR chapter 13-34 to reflect the inclusion of the Kapo‘o tide pool area within the Pūpūkea MLCD.  Section 13-34-1, Boundaries, is being amended to provide more accurate GPS coordinates and descriptions for the boundaries of ...
Read More Proposal to amend administrative rule for Pūpūkea Marine Life Conservation District

The presentation for the proposed Mo‘omomi Community-based Subsistence Fishing Area online public hearing is available at this link. DAR has received questions regarding the process for registering to testify online, written testimony, and how testimony will be reviewed. Please see below for responses. Q. What is the review process for the testimony? A. DAR reviews the ...
Read More Mo‘omomi online public hearing presentation, FAQs

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