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

The Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) is seeking information from Hawaii’s Charter Fishing sector for the purposes of allocating funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R.784 – 116th Congress 2019-2020). A total sum of $4.3 million USD is allocated for eligible Hawai‘i fishery participants, which includes Tribes, persons, fishing communities, aquaculture ...
Read More Update on CARES Act funding for Hawai‘i’s charter fishing sector

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold a statewide online public hearing and statewide in-person public hearings on the proposed adoption of a new chapter under the Hawai‘i Administrative Rules (HAR) to establish the Mo‘omomi Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) to manage and protect fish stocks and to reaffirm traditional and customary ...
Read More Statewide hearings scheduled for proposed adoption of rule establishing Mo‘omomi Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area, Moloka‘i

The past few months have seen an increase in shoreline fishing effort around the state, both for recreational and subsistence purposes. At the same time, seasonal movements of fishes like halalu and sardines have resulted in fishers and swimmers sometimes being in close proximity to each other, which can create potential user conflicts. The Division ...
Read More Fishers and swimmers, please share aloha

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 Trout Season at Kōke‘e Public Fishing Area on Kauaʻi opened via a lottery system, which allowed fishing to take place while adhering to Department of Health guidance on gatherings and physical distancing. This system helped to curb initial crowds at Pu‘u Lua reservoir. Assigned lottery sessions will be finished on ...
Read More Open season for rainbow trout at Kōke‘e, Kaua‘i (without lottery) starts July 13

The Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2020 Rainbow Trout Fishing Season at Puʻu Lua Reservoir in the Kōke‘e Public Fishing Area on Kauaʻi. To address COVID-19 concerns and accommodate social distancing, a lottery system is being used to control entry. Anglers will be able to access the reservoir ...
Read More 2020 rainbow trout fishing season at Kōkeʻe opens June 20 with lottery system

Updated June 12, 2020 The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) recently passed by Congress includes an allocation of $300 million for fisheries assistance. The funding is to tribes, territories, and states, including Hawai‘i, with coastal and marine resources. DAR is responsible for developing a spend plan for Hawai‘i’s portion of the ...
Read More Update on CARES Act funding for Hawai‘i’s commercial fishing industry – June 12

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