LIHUE — A historic rules package creating the state’s first Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area in Haena took effect Friday.
The rules are aimed at preserving and protecting fishing practices that are customarily and traditionally exercised for purposes of Native Hawaiian subsistence, culture and religion.
The rules prohibit the commercial take or sale of marine resources from within the boundaries of the Haena CBSFA, which encompass all marine waters of the Haena ahupuaa from the shoreline out to one mile. The rules also set new bag limits for species such as lobster, octopus, and urchins, as well as prohibit the take of opihi and other marine snails until Dec. 1, 2017.
There are also restrictions on the type of fishing gear and methods that may be used. Allowed fishing methods include hand harvest, throw net, surround gill net, paipai net, scoop net, hook-and-line with up to two lines, and pole spear. Lay gill nets and spear guns are prohibited.
The full details of the new rule may be viewed online at: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dar/files/2015/08/ch60.8.pdf