Hā‘ena Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area rule signed by governor

Governor Ige has signed into law the first Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) in the state, in the waters off Hā‘ena, Kaua‘i. The rule was filed August 4, and goes into effect ten days later on August 14.

The rules for the Hā‘ena CBSFA were approved by the state Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) in October 2014.  DLNR will hold a public hearing on the Hā‘ena CBSFA Management Plan at a later date.

The Hā‘ena CBSFA is the result of more than a decade of work, overwhelming support from the local community, and strong recognition that government cannot do it alone. Community-based management and buy-in is critical to sustaining natural resources now and for future generations.

The following relevant pdf files can be downloaded:

For more information, see overview video.