Fishing registry, permit or licensing system on agenda

Maui island meeting is set for today at Cameron Center

The Maui News

Meetings to discuss noncommercial marine fishing registry, permit or licensing systems for Hawaii will be held in the county beginning today on Maui.

The Hawai’i Fishing Information Exchange is being hosted by Conservation International Hawaii and the Western Pacific Fishery Council to share the findings of a 2016 joint fact-finding study that explored the feasibility and implications of multiple noncommercial fishing registry, permit and license systems. The study can be found at goo.gl/9JR7ME.

The Non-Commercial Marine Fishing Registry, Permit, and License Study Group has been meeting for the last two years to look into the feasibility of creating a registry, permit or license system for noncommercial marine fishing in Hawaii. The group includes fisheries resource managers, experts and representatives from fisher organizations and nongovernmental groups. The evening is billed as an opportunity for the public to learn, share and discuss the group’s research on the topic. The goal is to provide the community with the pros and cons of a registry, permit or licensing system and to hear from fishers.

The meetings will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. The Maui meeting is set for today at the Cameron Center in Wailuku; on Wednesday at the Mitchell Pauole Center in Kaunakakai; and Dec. 11 at the Lanai Community Center in Lanai City.

For more information on the meetings, go to hawaiifishing.eventbrite.com.