Fishing Activities

BE AWARE OF YOUR REPORTING REQUIREMENTS Owners and operators of commercial vessels are required to relay information about a reportable marine casualty and accident to the US Coast Guard within 24 hours.  Following a serious marine accident, drug testing may be required within 32 hours and alcohol testing may be required within two hours. The ...
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Participants can register at: https://ce.uhcc.hawaii.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=43809   There is a prerequisite for signing up for this class.  All participants must take a basic boating safety course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the State of Hawaii.  Find out more about basic boating safety courses at:   https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dobor/mandatory-boating-safety-education-qa/   Holders of Merchant ...
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CONSTRUCTION SLATED TO BEGIN APRIL 5TH. DLNR and DOBOR have announced plans to begin construction of a new concrete ferry pier at the Lahaina Small Boat Harbor beginning this April.  The project will proceeded in stages to minimize impact on harbor users.  The ferry that operates between Lahaina SBH and Manele Small Boat Harbor on ...
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A NOTICE FOR OPERATORS OF SMALL BOATS <26′ Starting April 1st, 2021, operators of boats under 26′ long will be required to wear an engine cut-off switch link while riding on a plane or above displacement speed. Fines for non-compliance will start at $100. The Coast Guard will begin enforcing this law on 4/1/21 in ...
Read More Federal Lanyard Law Goes In Effect April 1, 2021

IF YOU’RE ALWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TURTLES, MAYBE YOU’VE SEEN SOME HAWKSBILLS! Click on an image to enlarge. Although rare to find, Hawaiian hawksbills (Eretmochelys imbricata) inhabit the same coastal waters with our more common green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas).  If you’re lucky enough to discover one, please send your sighting information to Hawaiian ...
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SEALS, TURTLES AND OTHER MARINE LIFE NEED OUR HELP! Best fishing practices can prevent injuries.  Your phone call can save a life! Click on image to enlarge.    Best practices for Fishing around Protected Species: Prevent the Event – Always watch your gear If you see a seal while fishing, consider taking a short break ...
Read More Reporting Hooked or Entangled Marine Animals

You can play a part in documenting the presence of protected species in our waters.  WANTED: REPORTS OF FALSE KILLER WHALES (AKA PILOT, BLACKFISH, PYGMY AND MELON HEADED WHALES), OCEANIC WHITETIP SHARKS, PELAGIC MANTA RAYS! If you see these animals please report them on your commercial fishing report, call 808-294-4260.  Photos can be emailed to ...
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THRILL CRAFT ACCESS TO SHORELINE IN HILO BAY RESTRICTED Effective 7/14/20, land access to the Waiakea Access Corridor along Hilo Bay (as described in HAR 13-256-141 ...
Read More HILO BAY THRILL CRAFT ACCESS MODIFIED and depicted in HAR 13-256 Exhibit DDD ...
Read More HILO BAY THRILL CRAFT ACCESS MODIFIED ) to launch thrill craft has been blocked off.  Thrill craft operators should use the ramp at Wailoa Sampan ...
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MONDAY – FRIDAY PUBLIC ACCESS RESTORED.  DOBOR’s Hawaii District Office and the adjacent Honokohau Harbor Office will again be open to the public Mondays through Fridays (except State holidays) from 8am to 4pm beginning Monday, March 1, 2021. Customers can still mail in any payments, gross receipt forms and permit renewal documents to the harbor ...
Read More Hawaii District and Honokohau SBH – Days of Operation Changing