Public hearings on fish limits set for next week

Public hearings on proposed rule changes for Maui and Lanai fisheries bag and size limits will be held by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources next week to gather and record community feedback.

The changes will consist of bag and size limits for several popular nearshore fish, including goatfish, parrotfish (uhu) and jacks (ulua and papio).

The proposed rules also will include a prohibition on the harvest of blue male uhu for the two large uhu species and slot limits for omilu.

Public hearings will begin at 5:30 p.m. on:

* Tuesday in Lanai City at the Lanai Senior Center.

* Wednesday in Hana at Helene Hall.

* Thursday in Kahului in Maui Waena School cafeteria.

Three public informational meetings were held last month to explain the proposed rule changes. After careful review and consideration of oral and written testimony, the department may either recommend that the Board of Land and Natural Resources adopt the proposed rules as is or recommend changes.

Any substantive changes to the proposed rules will be subject to further public review and comment.

The draft rules may be viewed on the DAR website at under “What’s New.”

For more information, call Russell Sparks, Maui aquatic biologist, at 243-5832.

Written testimony will be accepted through Dec. 6 by email to or by mail to Division of Aquatic Resources, 130 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793.