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

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (Department) proposes to adopt emergency rules to protect against the introduction and spread of the deadly new coral disease known as Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). The new rules would: Require vessels that have visited a port in a SCTLD-affected region within its last five ports of ...
Read More Proposal to adopt rules to protect against stony coral disease

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

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold one statewide public hearing August 24, 2022 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on proposed amendments to Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) chapter 13-75 relating to rules regulating the possession and use of certain fishing gear, and chapter 13-60.4 relating to rules for the West Hawai‘i Regional Fishery ...
Read More Public hearing scheduled for proposed amendments to rules regulating possession and use of certain fishing gear, and rules relating to the West Hawai‘i Regional Fishery Management Area

A bill passed by the 2022 State Legislature banning the use of drones for fishing was signed into law by Gov. Ige June 27, 2022 and took effect immediately. Act 207 (SB2065) prohibits the possession or use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) on, in, or near state marine waters for purposes of fishing, unless permitted ...
Read More Governor signs bill prohibiting drone fishing

The Department of Land and Natural Resources, in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is preparing a joint Environmental Impact Statement for the initiation of a potential national marine sanctuary designation at Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Please see the linked Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to learn more about these different Marine Protected ...
Read More Papahānaumokuākea Sanctuary Designation FAQs

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