WAILUKU –Division of Conservation and Resources (DOCARE) Enforcement Officers and Makai Watch volunteers with the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Community Fisheries Enforcement Unit (CFEU) will be at the Maui Mall this Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help educate fishers about the new Maui Island fishing rules that became law on November 1.
The new rules affect the take of all uhu or parrot fish species, and many goat fish species such as kumu, moano kea, and weke. “The event this Saturday will help to reach fishermen and answer their questions about the new rules,” said Matt Yamamoto, Maui DOCARE Branch Chief. “This is a preventative measure as we’d rather educate than issue citations,” he said.
Fishers will also have an opportunity to learn about “Makai Watch”, a volunteer component of the CFEU designed to assist officers with educational efforts and to serve as additional “eyes and ears”. They also assist by manning education stations to increase awareness about the CFEU, a first-of-its-kind initiative for marine fisheries enforcement in Hawaii. Makai Watch volunteers rove the beaches within the CFEU project area where they distribute copies of fishing regulations, observe and document various activities, and remove marine debris wherever possible.
Since May 2013, CFEU officers and DOCARE colleagues have documented 1026 inspections, conducted 95 investigations and issued 62 citations to fishermen for fisheries related offenses. Officers also confiscated 3048 feet of illegal gill nets and 12 illegal throw nets. All violators were required to make court appearances and most convicted were ordered to pay fines between $100 – $250.
Recently, one repeat offender was fined and sentenced to 4 days in jail. His violations include two counts of unlawful use of nets within the Kahului Harbor Fisheries Management Area (FMA), exceeding the FMA bag limit, and possessing a throw net under the 2-inch minimum mesh size.
“As we see compliance increase in the area, fishermen are seeing more fish. A big part of achieving voluntary compliance is having fishermen who understand the rules, so our education and outreach efforts are very important,” said CFEU Supervisor Jeffrey Kinores.
He added, “The new Maui Island-specific rules include, changes to bag limits, size limits and includes species not regulated by previous rules. We encourage people to learn about these new rules before their next fishing trip.”
CFEU enforces fisheries laws in the northern portion of the moku of Wailuku, a 13-mile stretch of coastline between Hulu Island and Baldwin Beach Park. The pilot project is funded in part by Conservation International and the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation. The project is set to end in June 2015 unless permanent funding through the state legislature is provided.
To learn more about the new rules visit the DLNR’s website at www.dlnr.hawaii.gov/dar. To report violations, call DOCARE toll free from anywhere in Hawaii, 643-DLNR. People interested in joining the CFEU’s Makai Watch efforts can call (808) 873-3990.
The Department of Water Supply is repairing a 36-inch transmission main line in the pasture above Kaiwahine Street at the beginning of Kihei off of Mokulele Highway. The Army National Guard Armory may experience low pressure in their water supply; however, water supply to the rest of the public should not be affected.
DWS, however, requests residents and businesses in the Kihei and Makena area conserve water until mid-day on Wednesday.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Please call the 24-hour service line at 270-7633 if a water-related problem occurs or if there are any questions.
A Kihei man is fighting for his life this morning after a crash just after midnight today. Police say the man failed to yield the right of way to another vehicle, resulting in the collision.
According to the Police report, at 12:23 a.m. today, at the intersection of Mokulele Highway and Mehameha Loop near the Maui Humane Society, the 40-year-old Kihei man was driving a 2006 Suzuki sedan in the mauka direction when he failed to yield.
The Suzuki was struck by a Kihei-bound 2015 Nissan sedan. In the crash, the Kihei man was not wearing his seatbelt. The driver of the Nissan, a 65 year-old man visiting from North Carolina, was. Airbags deployed in both vehicles.
The Suzuki driver sustained major injuries in the crash and was transported to the ER at Maui Memorial Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The Carolina visitor was treated for minor injuries at the scene and was released there by paramedics.
While their investigation isn’t complete, Police suspect that alcohol was involved in the crash. The factors of speed and/or drugs has not yet been determined.
The Department of Water Supply (DWS) would like to warn its customers of unauthorized phone calls for water bill payment. The DWS has received reports that someone claiming to be a DWS representative is calling customers and demanding payment for a delinquent account, stating that a representative will be collecting in two hours.
Representatives of the DWS normally make collection calls in the morning, not in the afternoon. DWS employees can be identified by their County of Maui identification badge, DWS uniform and County of Maui vehicle.
Water bill payment is accepted at the County building lobby, the Service Center at Maui Mall, and the DWS baseyards in Lahaina, Hana, and Molokai. The Service Center accepts checks only. More information is available on the second page of the monthly water bill.
Customers who receive suspicious calls regarding water bill payment should contact the DWS Fiscal/Customer Service Office at 270-7730 and the Maui Police Department’s non-emergency line at 244-6400.
HONOLULU — Coast Guard law enforcement officers will enforce a temporary security zone in waters off Kailua Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. The temporary security zone is necessary to ensure the safety of the President of the United States.
The security zone will be in effect from 6 a.m. Thursday to 10 p.m. Jan. 5 unless canceled earlier by Captain Shannon Gilreath, U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port.
The Coast Guard is coordinating with the Honolulu Police Department, Marine Corps Base Hawaii and other federal, state, and county law enforcement agencies on patrols of the area under the direction of the Secret Service.
The maritime security zone includes a portion of Kailua Bay, beginning at Kapoho Point and extending westward to the shoreline near Kailuana Loop. The zone also includes the adjacent canal beginning near Kapoho Point to a point extending the canal way to approximately 150 yards south of the North Kalaheo Avenue Road Bridge.
A marker will be placed on Kailua Beach, a yellow buoy will be placed on the water and an orange marker will be placed in the canal for visual references of the zone.
Under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (33 CFR 165.33), the temporary law prohibits any unauthorized person or vessel from entering or remaining in this security zone. Any person entering the zone without the permission of the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port is subject to a penalty of not more than $40,000 for each violation or a criminal penalty resulting in imprisonment of not more than 10 years.
Maui Fire Department crews from Lahaina and Kahului were joined by Air-1 to rescue a 63 year-old man who was injured hiking the Pali trail today. Crews responded to the 12:47 p.m. alarm. Firefighters hiked about a mile into the trail when they came upon the man.
The hiker was suffering from an injured knee and injuries to his forehead and cheek when he fell and hit some rocks on the trail. The male visitor, who was hiking with his wife, was airlifted by Air-1 and Rescue personnel to a landing zone located at the Ukumehame Firing Range. He was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center by Medics in stable condition.
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