Board approves new Maui fishing rules

LIHUE — The state Board of Land and Natural Resources has approved new fishing regulations for waters around Maui.

The Maui News reports the governor must sign the rules before they take effect.

At this time, the Department of Land and Natural Resources says it has no plans to introduce new rules beyond Maui. 

“Residents of Maui asked the land board to consider rule making for these two families of fish,” DLNR Chair William J. Aila, Jr. said. “Residents of Kauai, to date, have not requested similar rules.” 

The new rules for Maui prohibit taking any large male blue parrotfish (uhu eleele and uhu uliuli.)

Each fisherman may also only take two of the other varieties of uhu in a day.

Female uhu palakaluka and uhu ahuula must be at least 14 inches. That’s a 2-inch increase from previous rules.

All other uhu species must be at least 10 inches, or 2 inches shorter than before.

For goatfish, fishermen may catch only one kumu per person per day and no more than two each of moano kea and munu.

All goatfish need to be at least 12 inches. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Chris D’Angelo, environment writer, can be reached at 245-0441 or cdangelo@thegardenisland.com.

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