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DLNR Press Release: STATE APPROVED HEARING ON CHANGES TO FISHING GEAR RULES

Posted on December 10, 2021 in Latest department news, Press room

(HONOLULU) – Today, the Land and Natural Resources Council (BLNR) approved a proposal from the DLNR Aquatic Resources Division (DAR) to hold a statewide meeting and hearing to change Hawai’i administrative rules regulating the possession and use of certain fisheries. equipment.

The main objective of the proposed changes is to establish a new requirement and a new annual fee for the net license. Other proposed amendments are sought to strengthen the applicability of the rules of non-professional networks and bring them into line with other laws.

DAR Administrator Brian Neilson explained, “Setting nets continue to be one of our most problematic types of fishing gear in terms of illegal use and unintentional bycatch. A setting net permit will allow the ministry to better regulate this type of gear and will also provide more opportunities to educate fishermen on the responsible use of setting nets.

In its unanimous approval of the DAR’s request for a public hearing, the BLNR requested two additional changes:

BLNR modifications

  • Clarify that only one net can be used by a license holder at a time.
  • Specify that the gillnet used as a perimeter net should always be monitored.

Other proposed changes in brief:

  • New definitions of freshwater streams, lobster nets, multi-panel nets and cast nets to clarify meanings.
  • Change the rules to prohibit the capture of sharks with firearms to be consistent with state law.
  • Change the rule to specify that Akule can be taken with legal disposable nets.
  • Modify prohibited activities in certain areas and make modifications in accordance with the special rules for setting nets that apply in Moloka’i and West Hawai’i.
  • Establish the laying net permit requirement, remove the existing laying net registration and prohibit leaving a landing net unattended for a certain period of time.

In its last session, the state legislature authorized the DLNR / DAR to pass rules to require permits for the use and possession of setting nets, including reasonable permit fees and provisions for revocation, suspension and refusal of permits for non-compliance with the rules. A proposed additional amendment will clarify the range of sanctions, including confiscation of property to facilitate enforcement and deter violations.

Neilson believes the new rules will encourage greater compliance and help crack down on the illegal use of laying nets. He said, “Unlike a registration, a license is revocable. So under the existing rules, if someone is found guilty of violating the unprofessional net, there is no way to prevent them from registering and using a new, unprofessional net. Under the proposed new rules, non-professional net users could lose their license if found guilty of an offense. DLNR proposes to charge an annual license fee of $ 25.

Under the current rules, fishermen are allowed to leave a setting net unattended for up to half an hour. The DAR believes this makes enforcement difficult, as a DOCARE officer must observe a laying net for 30 minutes before determining that a violation has occurred. Monk seals, turtles and other marine life can get entangled in the nets and die during the half hour away.

The proposed new rule requires that a laying net be monitored for the duration of its placement and specifies that an unattended net is one where it or surface buoys are not visible to the user. .

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RESOURCES

(All images / video courtesy of: DLNR)

HD Video – Non-compliance with laying nets / fish, Kāne’ohe bay (March 11, 2018):

https://vimeo.com/259965879

Photographs – Violations of the laying nets, Paiko Lagoon (May 2, 2021):

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/umh0sxfxncmcz3w/AAAiO8cvOYYAf0UR0LHb3weMa?dl=0

Photographs – Confiscation of the secular net (Oct 6, 2019):

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vaw2k8sc8x6x7g1/AACXMyhzAViz_xWX-guFycMWa?dl=0

Photographs- Lay net quotes, La Mariana (April 19, 2019):

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qnp62oejtuq6clo/AAB2ue3XKCSzOFE3XkRyOHZOa?dl=0

Media contact:

Dan Dennison

Senior Communications Officer

Hawaii Department of Lands and Natural Resources

[email protected]

808-587-0396


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