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Statewide main Hawaiian Islands bottomfish workshops begin

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HONOLULU — In preparation for the September 1, 2011 opening of the main Hawaiian Islands bottomfish fishery, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will hold free statewide public workshops, starting July 23, on the new bottomfish fishery rules and regulations.

The workshops will feature interactive booths with information on the new state annual bottomfish vessel registration and new state commercial bottomfish reporting requirements.

In addition, there will be information on the changes to the bottomfish Deep-7 annual quota from a total allowable catch (TAC) to an annual catch limit (ACL) and what this means. Plus information on the federal non-commercial bottomfish permit and reporting program.

A forum will also be conducted by Council staff on the options for non-commercial fishery data collection.

Locations and dates for the statewide workshops Admission is free, and parking will be validated, where applicable.

For more information about the Federal regulations call:
National Marine Fisheries Service (808) 944-2200 or
Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (808) 522-8220

Call the Division of Aquatic Resources at (808) 587-0084 for information about the new State commercial bottomfish reporting requirements and annual bottomfish vessel registration. Call (808) 587-0092 for questions about all other new state bottomfish regulations.

Information about the workshops will be posted on www.hawaiibottomfish.info

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