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Fishing allowed off Kahoolawe this weekend

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Registered vessels will be allowed to troll in waters around Kahoolawe this Saturday and Sunday, the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission announced.

Registered vessels are also required to file a catch report with the commission when they fish in the reserve, whether fish are caught or not.

“Reserve waters” are defined as within two nautical miles of Kahoolawe. All other fishing, ocean recreation, commercial and/or any other activities are prohibited.

Access to the Kahoolawe Island Reserve waters is severely restricted because of the continued presence of unexploded ordnance, and to protect marine resources within the reserve. However, during two scheduled weekends each month, limited trolling is allowed in reserve waters deeper than 30 fathoms for vessels with permits.

To register with the commission, or for more information, contact Dean Tokishi at 808-243-5889, dtokishi@kirc.hawaii.gov, or visit http://kahoolawe.hawaii.gov to download a registration packet. Registration packets are also available at the Division of Boating and Recreation at 210 Imi Kala St., Suite 205, Wailuku and at Maui Sporting Goods at 92 North Market St., Wailuku.

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