KAILUA-KONA -- Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers cited the owner of a 47-foot sailing vessel in Kailua Bay on Friday, May 2, for damage caused to coral reef by the vessel’s anchor chain. Approximately 80 feet of chain was in the water, with about 30 to 40 feet in the coral.

KEKAHA, KAUAI -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) will hold a public information meeting to discuss its upcoming sand bypass system and breakwater root repair projects.

Honolulu - The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold public hearings this week on the proposed adoption and compilation of Title 13, Hawaii Administrative Rules, in order to update and streamline the rules that pertain to commercial operations occurring in state small boat harbors, facilities, and near shore waters.

LIHUE -- A salvage removal plan is being prepared for a 55-foot by 20 foot shrimping trimaran, the “Kanoa”, which went aground Sunday afternoon at Shark’s Bay on the west side of Hanapepe.

HONOLULU –A state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officer cited a fisherman for using a throw net with mesh of less than two inches in waters off Aina Haina on Feb. 5. The officer spotted the man fishing with a throw net from shore while on routine patrol.

HONOLULU -- The Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) today authorized an civil penalty fine of $2,500 and associated administrative costs of $753 to be assessed against Alexander Aquino, of Captain Cook, for violation of State Parks Hawaii Administrative Rule chapter 13-146-68, which prohibits commercial activities in State Parks without a written permit from the board or the Division of State Parks.

KAILUA-KONA -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources will close the Puako boat launch ramp from Tuesday January 7 through Wednesday January 8, for removal of a loading dock which collapsed due to high surf on Dec. 20, 2013.

HONOLULU -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is asking the public to comply with state and federal “no feeding, no approach” rules to protect a Hawaiian monk seal pup that has recently been seen in harbors along Oahu’s south shore.   This 8-month-old seal with red flipper tags N36/N37 was born in May 2013 on the reef runway beach outside of Keehi lagoon. Also known as “U`ilani” (which means royal beauty in Hawaiian), it has recently been seen in Keehi, Kewalo, and Ala Wai small boat harbors interacting with boat owners and resting under the docks. She may also have been seen in Honolulu harbor.

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES News Release NEIL ABERCROMBIE GOVERNOR WILLIAM J. AILA JR, CHAIRPERSON For Immediate News Release November 8, 2013 HAWAII BOATERS HAVE A YEAR TO COMPLETE BOATING EDUCATION COURSE Operators of motorized vessels in state waters must show proof of certification by Nov. 10, 2014 Click to download a PDF of ...
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“We will keep this heavily used facility open ramp open to accommodate local fishers who want to launch into the waters off western Maui during the holiday season when demand for access and certain fish stocks is high,” said William J. Aila, DLNR chairperson. “We have assurances from our Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, the agency that maintains and manages the facility, that it is physically possible for the ramp and existing piers to remain open and usable until the repair project start date.”