Meetings set for proposed fishing rules

Public informational meetings have been scheduled this month for a discussion about proposed rule changes for Maui and Lanai fisheries bag and size limits, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced.

The meetings are set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the following locations and dates:

* Helene Hall, Hana, Thursday.

* Lanai Senior Center, Lanai City, Oct. 15.

* Maui Waena Intermediate School cafeteria, Kahului, Oct. 16.

The proposed rule changes include bag and size limits for several popular nearshore fish, including goatfish, parrotfish (uhu) and jacks (ulua/papio). Other proposals are to limit fishermen to catching only two uhu and prohibiting them from taking blue male uhu.

Draft rules are posted on the department’s Division of Aquatic Resources’ website at Go to “what’s new.”

State officials will be on hand to explain what’s being proposed, how the proposals were developed and to explain the process moving forward.

“Successful resource management requires participation from the public and we want them to know exactly what is being proposed and how they can get involved in the rule-making process,” said Frazer McGilvray, Aquatic Division administrator.

Public hearings will be announced later.