Hearings on coral set for this week

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will hold statewide public hearings on a proposed amendment to state administrative rules relating to stony and live coral, according to an announcement.

The proposed amendments would clarify what activities constitute “damage” to coral and establish a formula for calculating administrative penalties for such violations.

The Maui County hearings are scheduled for:

* Lanai City; 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Lanai Senior Center.

* Kaunakakai; 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Mitchell Pauole Center conference room.

* Kahului; 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Maui Waena Intermediate School cafeteria.

For hearings on Lanai and Molokai, state officials will be available to issue new or to renew commercial fishing licenses or to register lay nets. They will be on hand at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lanai Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement office at 917 Fraser Ave., and they’ll be available at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Mitchell Pauole Center, Kaunakakai Gym conference room.

Oral testimony will be taken at the meetings. Written comments may be submitted by Dec. 27 to the Division of Aquatic Resources, 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 330, Honolulu 96813.

More information is available by visiting state.hi.us/dlnr/dar/rules/drafts/stony_coral_live_%20rock_dr.pdf.

For more information, call 243-5294.