On October 1, 2021 the Department of Land and Natural Resources will implement a $250.00 fee for nonresident commercial marine licenses per Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) 13-74-20 which became effective August 27, 2021. The $100.00 fee for Hawaii residents remains the same. “HAR 13-74-1 (Definitions) defines a “resident” as “an individual that has established the ...
Read More Commercial Marine License fees for nonresidents will increase October 1

Rules for the Pūpūkea Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD) on O‘ahu’s North Shore are changing effective Friday, August 27.  This follows Governor Ige’s approval of a measure that was passed by the Board of Land and Natural Resources June 10, 2021 following a lengthy public input process. The biggest rule change applies to the Kapoʻo ...
Read More New rules in effect Friday, August 27 for Pūpūkea ocean waters

E ala! E alu! E kuilima! Up! Together! Join hands! A call to come together to accomplish a given task. -Mary Kawena Pukui The Division of Aquatic Resources invites fishers to attend upcoming Holoholo Fisher Talk Story Sessions.  Maui: August 24, 2021 @ 5:30-7:30p Moloka‘i: August 25, 20201 @ 5:30-7:30p Lāna‘i: August 26, 2021 @ ...
Read More Fishers invited to attend Holoholo Fisher Talk Story Sessions

Through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, Congress and NOAA have allocated an additional $3.6 million to eligible Hawaii fishery participants affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  Applications for “Round 2” CARES Act assistance will be available beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, through the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) website. Applications must be submitted to ...
Read More “Round 2” CARES Act funding for Hawaii‘i’s commercial fishing industry – applications available next week

Four years ago a cross-section of Maunalua Bay stakeholders, recognizing that fish is food and that sustainable fishing is a must, submitted a request to DLNR to establish a Fisheries Management Area (FMA) within Maunalua Bay, O‘ahu. After four years of collaboration among fishers, community groups, conservation groups, and the Department of Land and Natural ...
Read More Stakeholders seek to set the course to sustainable fishing in Maunalua Bay

Stay up-to-date with Hawai‘i’s fishing regulations with the Fish Rules mobile app.  This convenient and easy-to-use app provides current regulations for both fresh and saltwater species as well as images that help you identify them.  Enable the GPS function to also display area-specific and seasonal rules while fishing, or switch to the manual setting to ...
Read More Fish Rules mobile app now available for Hawai‘i

On June 8 Gov. Ige signed into law House Bill 1023 which establishes and requires a marine recreational fishing license for all non-Hawaii residents. However, DLNR must first adopt an administrative rule to that effect and set up a licensing system. That process could take up to a year to complete. In the meantime, non-residents ...
Read More Non-resident marine recreational fishing license approved but not yet required

The 2021 legislative session was a busy one for the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR).  We tracked 95 bills,17 of which were eventually passed and sent on to the governor for signature. The governor has until July 11 to sign or veto the bills; if he does neither, a bill becomes law without his signature. ...
Read More Aquatic Resources 2021 Legislative Wrap-up

Can I collect marine life for aquariums to sell for commercial purposes? No. On January 12, 2021, the First Circuit Court in Kaupiko, et al. v. DLNR (CIV. NO 1CCV-20-0000125) ruled that all Commercial Marine Licenses issued pursuant to Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §189-2 are invalid, illegal, and void to the extent that such licenses permit ...
Read More Frequently asked questions about taking, breeding, and transporting marine life for aquariums

The Division of Aquatic Resources is pleased to announce the opening of the 2021 Rainbow Trout Season in the Kōke‘e Public Fishing Area on Kauaʻi. Due to COVID-19, there will be a lottery system in place for opening weekend (June 19-20), then the season will open as usual on June 21 from 6 am to 6 ...
Read More 2021 Rainbow Trout Fishing Season at Kōke‘e Opens June 19 with Lottery System

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