Department of Lands and Natural Resources
10/11/22 – ALL BRIDGE FILES MANDATORY TO APPLY FOR PERMITS
Posted on Nov 10, 2022 in Aquatic Resources, Press Releases, slider
SUZANNE D CASE
For immediate release: November 10, 2022
ALL MANDATORY BRIDGE FILES TO APPLY FOR PERMITS
State Land Board approves changes to safety net rules
(HONOLULU) — Fishermen will now need to obtain a permit from the DLNR to use setting nets in state waters, effective ten days after governor approval. This rule change, approved by the Land and Natural Resources Board (BLNR) today, eliminates the requirement for dip net anglers to register each dip net with the Department. For Hawai’i residents, active duty military personnel and their family members, annual safety net permits will be issued free of charge. Non-residents will be charged a $25 fee.
In its initial rule changes, the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (AAR) proposed a new annual spawning net permit requirement and a $25 fee for the use of spawning nets. DAR reports that testimony received in in-person and virtual meetings was “overwhelmingly opposed” to the permit fees. The licenses will allow the DAR to track the number of layer net fishers on an annual basis. It will also promote compliance with laying net regulations and help DLNR’s Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement (DOCARE) to crack down on the illegal use of laying nets.
Among the other changes approved by the BLNR today:
- Added new definitions for freshwater, multi-panel screen, resident and
cast the net.
- Clarified that it is illegal to leave a gillnet unattended for any length of time
- Clarification of permitted penalties for violations
- Adoption of civil asset forfeiture as an enforcement tool
The ruleset also changed the definitions of certain species, including akule, ‘iao, ōpelu, and pua, to reflect current scientific nomenclature and to make them consistent with other HAR chapters.
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(All images/videos courtesy of DLNR)
The proposed changes were described in detail in the 13 May 2022 submission to the Board of the DAR (item F-2), available online:
Video – Public Hearing on Proposed Rule Changes (August 24, 2022):
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