David Y. Igé | DLNR PRESS RELEASE: PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO KAHULUI PORT FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AREA AND MAUI ‘OAMA RULES Virtual hearing to be held on July 14
DLNR PRESS RELEASE: PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO KAHULUI PORT FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AREA AND MAUI ‘OAMA RULES Virtual hearing to be held on July 14
Posted on Jul 7, 2021 in Latest News, Press Room
(Kahului, Maui) – A state-wide online public hearing will be held on proposed changes to the Hawai’i Administrative Rules (HAR) relating to the Port of Kahului Fisheries Management Zone (FMA ) and the rules governing the taking and possession of ‘oama on the island of Maui.
The proposed changes to the Kahului Port FMA rules include:
- Removed exemptions from existing rules for commercial catch of nehu with a commercial nehu baitfish license, akule with a commercial marine fishing license and juvenile mullet with an aquaculture facility license
- Prohibit the use of all nets in the FMA, except a drawn-mesh landing net of two inches or more and a hand net not exceeding 8 inches in diameter and with a handle not exceeding 14 inches in length
- Prohibit the use of multi-point hooks, but allow the use of double or triple hooks when using artificial lures
- Repeal and remove the registration, departure and fishing reporting requirements of the FMA.
The proposed changes to the Maui ‘oama rules include:
- Change the definition of ‘oama to include two juvenile bearded species (weke’a, Mulloidichthys flavolineatus, and weke ‘ula, Mulloidichthys vanicolensis).
- Increased the maximum size for ‘oama from 5 inches to 8 inches.
The proposed changes also include several non-substantive technical rule changes such as changes and / or additions to definitions for the sake of clarity and consistency.
Interested parties are also invited to participate in the online community hearing on July 14, 2021 at 5:30 pm There are two ways to participate: by written testimony or by live video testimony.
Provide written testimony: Individuals can send or email a written testimonial by July 30, 2021 to the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330, Honolulu, HI 96813, [email protected] .
Anyone with hearing loss who wishes to testify may request the assistance of a sign language interpreter. The request must be received at least seven days before the start of the hearing. Additional information or a copy of the proposed rules will be
mailed free of charge upon receipt of a verbal or written request. Requests can be made in writing (to the DAR address in the previous paragraph), or by calling 587-0100 (voice or TDD) in Honolulu.
Live video testimonial: To be added to the list of live video testimonials, please email your request to: [email protected].
Please include your email, full name and phone number and a confirmation will be sent to you with meeting instructions and link.
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