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DLNR meeting on possible regulations for certain fish species


Dr. Bill Walsh, state Division of Aquatic Resources biologist with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, invites the public to attend an informational meeting to discuss possible regulations for certain marine fish species.

The meeting is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Kealakehe High School library.

The purpose of this public information meeting is to gather concerns and suggestions from the various aquatic resource stakeholders in West Hawaii to help DAR/DLNR design management rules that will help ensure resource sustainability while being appropriate, effective and broadly supported. The Division of Aquatic Resources has not yet initiated any draft rule changes or specific plans for this purpose so public input is critical.

Discussions will initially focus on using minimum size rules to protect harvested resource fish that are at risk of overfishing, and on finding ways to better protect groups of fish species that the department feels may be in need of updated regulations, such as: Parrotfish (uhu), Goatfish (such as weke), and Ulua/Papio.

In Hawaii, uhu, for example, are important for many reasons. Recreational and subsistence fishers have developed a preference for these large-bodied fishes, with many spearfishers considering them prized catches.  Commercial harvesting of uhu has also increased, with commercial fishers now supplying uhu to various markets throughout the state.  

Recent changes in uhu commercial harvesting using specialized and highly effective net- and trap-based fisheries operating in deeper water can remove large amounts of uhu. These trends have resulted in increased concern over uhu stocks particularly with regard to their role in controlling seaweed growth and maintaining healthy coral reefs.

For more information, contact the Kona DAR office at 327-6226.

One Response to “DLNR meeting on possible regulations for certain fish species”

  1. Please conserve the uhu – don’t overfish, for their sustainability as a food and the health of the reefs!


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