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Department of Land and Natural Resources proposes rule changes for Maui fishing

  • CHRISTIE WILSON / CWILSON@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Kahului fishermen Jamie Joyo, 54, left, and son Keoni Joyo, 21, looked for oama, juvenile goatfish, Saturday at Kahului Harbor. The pair were happy to hear about the Maui rule changes proposed by the state Division of Aquatic Resources that would expand the definition of oama to include weke a and weke ula, two species that are difficult to distinguish, and increase the size limit from 5 to 8 inches.

    CHRISTIE WILSON / CWILSON@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Kahului fishermen Jamie Joyo, 54, left, and son Keoni Joyo, 21, looked for oama, juvenile goatfish, Saturday at Kahului Harbor. The pair were happy to hear about the Maui rule changes proposed by the state Division of Aquatic Resources that would expand the definition of oama to include weke a and weke ula, two species that are difficult to distinguish, and increase the size limit from 5 to 8 inches.

  • CHRISTIE WILSON / CWILSON@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The proposed changes would ban use of all nets within the Kahului Harbor FMA, removing existing exceptions for the commercial take of nehu, akule and juvenile mullet — activities that often created conflicts between harbor users.

    CHRISTIE WILSON / CWILSON@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The proposed changes would ban use of all nets within the Kahului Harbor FMA, removing existing exceptions for the commercial take of nehu, akule and juvenile mullet — activities that often created conflicts between harbor users.

Proposed rule amendments that would restrict certain commercial fishing activities in the Kahului Harbor Fisheries Management Area and increase the size limit for oama caught in Maui waters should provide a more user-friendly experience for recreational fishers, according to state officials. Read more

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