Public Hearing Notice
For Proposed Adoption of Hawaii Administrative Rules
Chapter 13-60.9, Moomomi Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area, Molokai
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold Public Hearings on the proposed adoption of a new chapter under the Hawaii Administrative Rules to establish the Moomomi Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) to manage and protect fish stocks and to reaffirm traditional and customary native Hawaiian subsistence fishing practices along the northwest coast of Molokai. The proposed CBSFA extends from Ilio Point in the west to Nihoa Flats in the east, from the shoreline out to approximately one mile. The proposed rules would establish new bag limits, size limits, seasonal closures, and/or gear restrictions for uhu, kumu, kole, moi, spiny lobster, opihi, and limu; prohibit night diving and SCUBA spearfishing; prohibit commercial fishing, with exceptions for bottomfishing for deep 7 bottomfish and trolling for all species; and establish special regulations to minimize disturbance of the marine environment in Kawaaloa Bay.
The hearings will be held at the following times and locations: Monday, March 23, 2020 at the Mitchell Pauole Center Conference Room, 90 Ainoa Street, Kaunakakai, Molokai from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at the Kawananakoa Middle School Cafeteria, 49 Funchal Street, Honolulu, Oahu from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.; at the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria, 4431 Nuhou Street, Lihue, Kauai from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m; at the Hilo State Building DAGS Conference Room, 75 Aupuni Street, Hilo, Hawaii from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.; and on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at the Wailuku Community Center, 395 Waena Street, Wailuku, Maui from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; at the Konawaena High School Cafeteria, 81-1043 Konawaena School Road, Kealakekua, Hawaii from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.; and at the Lanai High and Elementary School Cafeteria, 555 Fraser Avenue, Lanai City, Lanai from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
All interested persons are urged to attend one of the public hearings to present relevant information and individual opinion for the DLNR to consider. Persons unable to attend or wishing to present additional comments may mail written testimony by Friday, April 3, 2020 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 the 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 a 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 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Holidays, at the following DAR offices: on Oahu at 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813; on Kauai at 3060 Eiwa Street, Room 306, Lihue, Hawaii 96766; on Maui at 130 Mahalani Street, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793; and on Hawaii Island at 75 Aupuni Street, Room 204, Hilo, Hawaii 96720 and at 74-380B Kealakehe Parkway, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740.
Suzanne D. Case, Chairperson
Board of Land and Natural Resources