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DLNR News Release

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold public scoping meetings to discuss a proposal to establish a Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) along the north coast of Molokai. The proposed CBSFA extends from `Ilio Point in the west to Kaholaiki Bay in the east, from the shoreline out to one nautical mile. The proposal, which was submitted to DLNR by Hui Malama O Mo`omomi, seeks to ensure the abundance and availability of marine resources to support traditional subsistence fishing practices. DLNR is seeking public comments on proposed regulations, which would establish new bag limits, size limits, gear restrictions, and seasonal protections for certain fish and invertebrate species, and prohibit the commercial take of marine resources within the CBSFA.

Two meetings will be held on Molokai on March 16: at Kulana `Oiwi Halau from 12 to 2 p.m., and at Mitchell Pauole Center conference room from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A third meeting will be held in Honolulu on March 21 at the  Kawananakoa Middle School Cafeteria from 6 to 9 p.m.

All interested persons are urged to attend one of the public meetings to learn more about the proposal and provide input. Persons unable to attend or wishing to present additional comments, may mail written testimony by Tuesday, March 28, 2017 to the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 330, Honolulu, HI 96813.

To read the full text of the proposal, visit dlnr.hawaii.gov/dar/files/2017/02/Moomomi_CBSFA_Full_Proposal.pdf.

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