Avid Maui fisherman – and orchid grower – Darrell Tanaka returned to Maui from O’ahu Friday with a huge smile on his face. Tanaka and other stewards of the sea have fought for many years to achieve bag and size limits of reef fish in Maui’s near shore waters. Friday, the Board of Land and Natural Resources said “yes” on two species.
Final vote, Tanaka says, was 4-2 to restrict the number, size and sex of parrotfish (uhu) and goatfish (kumu) that can be taken in Maui Island waters out to three miles. In his note, Tanaka expressed bewilderment that the “no” votes for Maui bag limits came from commissioners from Kaua’i and the Big Island.
The bill will go to Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s desk to be signed into law. The ban would take effect immediately. Tanaka also expressed his appreciation to Maui testifiers who submitted testimony on the topic. He reports 68 in favor of the limits and only five against.