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Fisheries council meeting in Kona (Nov. 19)

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West Hawaii Fisheries Council meets in 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 at Hale Au Kahakai at Honokohau Harbor.

The November meeting will begin the 2010 Strategic Planning for WHFC. The chair will describe the process the council will use Dec. 10 and solicit suggestions from the council.

There are eight committees which include:

* Committee of the Whole to track recommendations of the WHFC to the Division of Aquatic Resources, a division of DLNR;

* Moorings to ensure maintenance of the existing moorings and evaluate new sites

* A ‘no take’ Committee to research another method of conservation.

* Government affairs to monitor legislation

* Aquaculture, a reborn and developing industry

* Community fisheries education and outreach (which conducts the monthly Kawaihae Local Resource Council meetings)

* Membership

* Traditional and Cultural

The West Hawaii Fisheries Council is always seeking new members to sustain the broad scope and 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, from a member of the council or e-mailing marnih@hawaiiantel.net.

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

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