Kahoolawe trolling set this weekend

Trolling in the waters of the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve will be allowed Saturday and Sunday and Sept. 28-29, according to the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission.

Access to reserve waters is restricted because of the presence of unexploded ordnance and for the protection of marine resources. Two weekends a month are opened for trolling deeper than 180 feet within 2 nautical miles of the island.

All vessels must register annually with the commission before entering the reserve to troll and must file a catch report even if fish are not caught. There is a new condition relating to the prevention of invasive alien species; the permittee will be held accountable to prevent any invasive alien species, plant or animal, such as invasive algae or barnacles, into the reserve. Vessel hulls must be free of any alien species.

A $25 permitting fee will be applied to the registration process.

To register with the commission or for more information, contact Dean Tokishi by phone at 243-5889 or email dtokishi@kirc.hawaii.gov. Registration packets also are available at the Division of Boating and Recreation, 101 Maalaea Boat Harbor Road.


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