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Crab, lobster hearings next week

Hearings are set on Molokai, Lanai and Maui next week on a housekeeping consolidation of rules regulating the take, possession and sale of Samoan crab, Kona crab and lobsters in state waters.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources has scheduled public hearings on the consolidation, which will not result in substantive changes. Currently, these species are regulated under statutory provisions as well as multiple rule chapters. The proposed consolidation will place all regulations in one rule chapter.

The hearings will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Lanai Public Library in Lanai City and at the Mitchell Pauole Center Conference Room in Kaunakakai, and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Maui Division of Aquatic Resources Office Conference Room in Wailuku.

Those unable to attend or who wish to provide additional comments may submit written testimony by Jan. 24 by email to DLNR.aquatics@hawaii.gov and regular mail to Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 330, Honolulu 96813.

Additional information or a copy of the proposed rules will be mailed at no charge upon receipt of verbal or written request to the Aquatics Resources address or may be obtained from the website at dlnr.hawaii.gov/DAR, under the “Announcements” section.

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