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Fishing Rule Changes Go Into Effect For Waimea Bay, O'ahu

 

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 certain restrictions.

‘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 and December.

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:
Randy Honebrink
Division of Aquatic Resources
(808) 587-0111

 

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