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West Hawaii Fisheries Council meets Oct. 15

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The West Hawaii Fisheries Council (WHFC), a community-based marine advisory organization, hosts its regular monthly meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club at Honokohau Harbor.

The October meeting will have a presentation from members who attended the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force meeting in Honolulu. The council will also be asked to assist is the creation of a 10-year plan for mooring buoys.

There are eight committees which include a Committee of the Whole to track recommendations of the WHFC with the Division of Aquatic Resources, a division of DLNR; another mandated by Act 306: one on moorings to ensure maintenance of the existing moorings and evaluate new sites and another on a ‘no take’ initiative; committees on government affairs, aquaculture; community fisheries education and outreach (which conducts the monthly Kawaihae Local Resource Council meetings); and membership.

The West Hawaii Fisheries Council is always seeking new members to sustain their broad scope. All of the interested ocean community is cordially invited to attend Council meetings on the third Thursday of every month or to join one of the Council committees.

Applications to join the Council can be picked up at the Kona/Honokohau Division of Aquatic Resources office at Honokohau Harbor or from a member of the council.

The mission of the West Hawaii Fisheries Council is to “manage fishery activities to ensure sustainability, enhances nearshore resources, minimizes resource depletion and manages conflicts of use.”

For more information, contact Marni Herkes at 987 2171 or marnih@hawaiiantel.net.

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