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DLNR to explain possible rules for certain fish species

By Staff | Aug 24, 2010

KAHULUI — The state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Aquatic Resources will hold a public information meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 25, to discuss possible regulations for certain marine fish species, including parrotfish, goatfish and jacks.  

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the Maui Waena Intermediate School cafeteria at 795 Onehe‘e Avenue in Kahului.  

Aquatic resources staff will present the department’s regulated species rule proposals for the islands of Maui and Lanai. Along with the proposed rules, DLNR staff will discuss the scientific justifications for the proposals, as well as the rule-making process with suggestions for how the public can get involved.

Anyone interested in these nearshore marine resources is encouraged to attend.

“Last year, we held two previous rounds of meetings to present information on these fishes,” said Laura H. Thielen, DLNR chair.  

“We’ve taken all of these comments and concerns and developed a set of draft rules that would support the conservation of our marine fishery resources while balancing the needs of recreational, subsistence and commercial fishers.”

The division has posted on its website several reports on the outcomes of previous public meetings. The website address is: http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar/announcements.html#pubmeetings.

For more information, contact the Division of Aquatic Resources’ Maui Office at 243-5294.