Fishing law faces amendments
The Department of Land and Natural Resources will begin a series of eight public hearings statewide this week regarding a proposal to amend the Hawai'i Administrative Rules.
The purpose of the amendments is to increase the minimum legal sizes for the taking of certain fish based on the scientific information about when these fish are first able to reproduce.
Hearings this month will be:
Moloka'i: 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Kaunakakai Elementary School Cafeteria in Kaunakakai.
Lana'i: 6:30 p.m. June 18 in the Lana'i Public Library in Lana'i City.
West Hawai'i: 7 p.m. June 25 in the Kealakehe High School cafeteria in Kailua-Kona.
East Hawai'i: 6:30 p.m. June 27 in the Hilo High School cafeteria.
Additional information or a copy of the proposed rule changes can be obtained for free by mail from the Division of Aquatic Resources or may be viewed at www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dar.
All interested people are urged to attend the public hearing to present information and opinions for the DLNR to consider.
Anyone unable to attend or wishing to present additional comments may mail written testimony by July 31 to the Division of Aquatic Resources, 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 330, Honolulu, HI 96813.
Disabled individuals planning to attend the public hearings are asked to contact the Division of Aquatic Resources at least three days in advance if they have special needs requiring accommodation. Anyone with a hearing impairment may request the assistance of a sign language interpreter.
The requests may be made in writing to the DAR at the address listed above or by calling 587-0100 (voice or TDD) in Honolulu.
The request must be received at least 72 hours before the scheduled hearing.
Next month, hearings will be:
Kaua'i: 5:30 p.m. July 2 in the Wilcox Elementary School auditorium in Lihu'e.
Maui: 6 p.m. July 9 in the Lihikai School cafeteria in Wailuku.
O'ahu: 6:30 p.m. July 11 in the Lincoln School cafeteria.
Leeward O'ahu: 6:30 p.m. July 16 at the Wai'anae Public Library.