HONOLULU — The Board of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) on Friday will consider approval of new fishing rules that would establish new bag and size limits for uhu (parrotfish) and goatfish on the island of Maui only.
The changes will consist of bag and size limits for several popular nearshore fish including goatfish (kumu), and parrotfish (uhu). The proposed rules will include a bag limit of no more than two uhu and prohibitions on the take of blue male uhu for the two large species.
There will also be bag limits for these popular goatfish: kumu (no more than one), and moana kea and munu (no more than two).
“The Division of Aquatic Resources strongly supports this rule package. It is based on more than five years’ research on the biology and ecology of these fishes, and population data that indicate management is required now,” said Frazer McGilvray, Division of Aquatic Resources Administrator.
Public hearings on the draft rules were held on Maui and Lanai between November 19-21, 2013.
Draft rules for jacks and other fishes, and proposed rule changes for Lanai were removed from these proposed amendments. The Division of Aquatic Resources will work with the Lanai community to develop rule changes in the near future.