The fishing season for stripped mullet is closed for the next three months, during the fish’s peak spawning time.
Fishing for ‘ama’ama, or striped mullet, will be allowed again beginning March 31.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources said violations of the size or season restrictions can result in fines of up to $500 and/or 30 days in jail, plus up to $100 for each fish taken. In addition to criminal penalties, an administrative fine of up to $1,000 per violation may be assessed by the department.
“‘Ama’ama are about to enter their peak spawning season, which increases their vulnerability to fishing pressure,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairman. “The annual winter closure is designed to help the fish reproduce successfully and protect the species from overfishing.”