Public Hearing Notice
For Proposed Amendments to Hawaii Administrative Rules
Chapter 13-95, Rules Regulating the Taking and Selling of Certain Marine Resources
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold an informational meeting and public hearing on proposed amendments to the Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) Chapter 13-95, rules regulating the taking and selling of certain marine resources. These amendments are intended to give DLNR authority to authorize take of stony coral and live rock in limited circumstances by 1) Adding definitions of “Renewable Energy Projects” and “Mitigation” to Section 13-95-1, and 2) Adding new subsections in 13-95-70 and -71 that allow DLNR to authorize damage of stony corals and live rock for the development or operation of renewable energy projects and require mitigation to offset stony coral and live rock damage from any authorized take under this subsection.
The informational meeting and public hearing will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at Kawananakoa Middle School Cafeteria, 49 Funchal Street, Honolulu, Oahu from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
All interested persons are urged to attend the public hearing to present relevant information and individual opinion for DLNR to consider. Persons unable to attend or wishing to present additional comments, may mail written testimony by Friday, August 10, 2018 to the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330, Honolulu, HI 96813.
Anyone with a hearing impairment who desires to attend the public hearing may request assistance of a sign language interpreter. The request will need to be received at least seven days before the hearing is scheduled to start. Additional information or a copy of the proposed rules will be mailed at no charge upon receipt of verbal or written request. The requests may be made in writing (to the DAR address in the preceding paragraph), or by calling 587-0100 (voice or TDD) in Honolulu. The Rules can be reviewed online at http://ltgov.hawaii.gov/the-office/administrative-rules or at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dar/rules-and-public-notices/ or can be reviewed or obtained in person at the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) offices on Oahu at 1151 Punchbowl St. Room 330 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except Holidays.
Suzanne D. Case, Chairperson
Board of Land and Natural Resources