Little input on fishing in expanded monument area

LIHUE — The first round of several meetings addressing options for management of the newly expanded Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument came to Kauai Tuesday night.

Joshua DeMello, fisheries analyst with the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, explained the process to a scant audience at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School.

“We’re also looking at options for Native Hawaiian subsistence fishing,” DeMello said.

The goal of the meeting was to announce opportunity for public input on regulations within the monument area. The project is in a scoping phase and more public meetings will be held throughout the islands.

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is charged with recommending amendments to the Hawaii and Pelagic fishery ecosystem plans to establish fishing requirements, including the prohibition of commercial fishing and regulation of non-commercial fishing.

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