The Department of Land and
Natural Resources announces that rules for Pupukea Marine Life
Conservation District on the north shore of O‘ahu have been amended to
allow for net fishing of ‘opelu and akule within Waimea Bay with
‘Opelu may now be taken with legal nets during the months of August
and September, and akule can be taken with legal nets during November
The Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District was expanded in March
2002 to include the waters of Waimea Bay. As a result, fishing within
the bay was limited to pole-and-line fishing from the shoreline. All
other types of fishing were prohibited.
At the time the Board of Land and Natural Resources approved the
MLCD's expansion, it instructed DLNR's Division of Aquatic Resources
to begin looking at ways to accommodate ‘opelu and akule fishing by
net within the bay.
According to Land Board Chairperson Peter Young, " All provisions of
the Department's commercial activity policy have been fulfilled.
Preservation of resources, which is the highest priority, recreational
use, and commercial use have all been accommodated without sacrifice
to the resources' sustainability."
The public is advised that the most recent version of the "Hawaii
Fishing Regulations," dated August 2003 and which is now available
statewide, does not include the new rules for Waimea Bay, which were
just approved last week.
For a full text version of the amended rule, visit Division of Aquatic
Resources' website at www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar.
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For more information, contact:
Division of Aquatic Resources