DLNR looks to improve coral reef protection
HONOLULU — Sea urchins and some fish species are critical for helping protect and restore Hawai‘i’s coral reefs which are facing serious threats due to warming oceans and coral bleaching. The DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) is holding a series of virtual scoping meetings to compile input on increasing the management of key herbivores.
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Last summer with people not working due to Covid, I witnessed a brutal fishing assault on our nearshore waters. Locals catching everything. Many instances of illegal nets. Catching large number of oama daily using 1/2” eye nets. Not once did I see a DLNR agent. The offending fishermen are Hawaiians and other locals from around the island. So shame.