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Another round of coral reef fishery meetings

MEDIA RELEASE

Over the past several months the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) has held meetings across the state to gather public input on ways to better manage coral reef fisheries.  

While discussions focused primarily on instituting or revising the size and bag limits for a number of fish species additional management concerns and directions were also addressed.  

These included such things as public education; the role of local communities in helping to manage coastal resources (such as the West Hawaii Fisheries Council); stronger enforcement; and ensuring that rules are tailored to fit conditions on each island and the specific needs of recreational, subsistence and commercial fishers and others who use and value the resource.

Dr. Bill Walsh, DAR, is leading the second phase of this effort. Leonard Torricer and UH Sea Grant are assisting.

There will be a short informational presentation summarizing the public input presented thus far.  

Meeting participants will then break into groups to address specific proposed rule changes that are a direct result of concerns expressed by the public.  

Meetings are:

* In Kona, 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 at the Kealakehe High School Library.

* In South Kona, 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 17 at the Konawaena Elementary School Cafeteria.

Send comments to Walsh at darkona@hawaiiantel.net

For further information, call the DAR office at 327-6226.

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