HONOLULU – The world’s foremost authority on shark/human interactions has confirmed that a surfer was bitten by an eel off Waikiki last Saturday night. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has now completed its investigation into the incident.
The surfer who wants to remain anonymous got injuries to his left foot. DLNR staff interviewed the victim. The information he provided, along with photos of his injuries, were discussed with George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File in Florida. The details of the Saturday incident reinforced Burgess’ opinion that the animal involved was an eel, not a shark.
(HONOLULU) – As a follow up to Friday’s court decision invalidating the emergency rule prohibiting overnight presence along the upper Mauna Kea road corridor, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) reminds people that camping in forest reserves and public hunting areas without a permit remains illegal under Hawaii Administrative Rules.
Additional rules pertaining to activities on Mauna Kea and in all State of Hawaii Forest Reserves and public hunting areas include:
In Natural Area Reserves on Mauna Kea and elsewhere, Hawaii Administrative Rules prohibit the removal, damage or disturbance of any geological or paleontologic features or substances.
The DLNR will continue to enforce these regulations.
HONOLULU — In response to the unprecedented large-scale commercial harvest of sea cucumbers earlier this year, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) has scheduled public hearings in November on a new rule to permanently regulate sea cumber harvesting in state water. Currently all sea cumber harvest is prohibited by a 120 day emergency rule adopted by the Board of Land and Natural Resources in June.
The proposed new rule will provide more long-term protection of sea cucumbers. It prohibits the harvest of sea cucumbers for commercial consumption purposes, but allows limited take for personal non-commercial use. The rule would also establish an annual season for commercial aquarium harvest of two species of sea cucumbers on Oahu only. While the season is open, licensed aquarium collectors may harvest up to 20 sea cucumbers a person each day. The aquarium season will close when the total annual aquarium catch limit of 3,600 sea cucumbers is reached.
Public Hearing Schedule
Monday, November 9:
MAUI – Lihikai School, Kahului, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 10:
MOLOKAI – Mitchel Pauole Center Conference Room, Kaunakakai, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
OAHU – Stevenson Middle School Cafeteria, Honolulu, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
HILO – Hawaii County Aupuni Center Conference Room, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
KONA – Kealakehe High School Cafeteria, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 12:
LANAI – Lanai Public Library, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
KAUAI – Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria, Lihue, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
People are encouraged to attend a public hearing to provide information and comment for the DLNR to consider. Those unable to attend or who wish to provide additional comments, can submit written testimony via mail or e-mail by Friday, November 20, 2015.
Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330, Honolulu, HI 96813. DLNR.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone with a hearing impairment who would like to attend a public hearing may request the assistance of a sign language interpreter. Send requests to the DAR address above or call 587-0100 (voice or TDD) in Honolulu. Requests must be received at least seven days in advance.
Additional information or a copy of the proposed rules will be mailed at no charge upon receipt of verbal or written request to the DAR address or may be obtained from the DAR website at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/DAR under the “Announcements” section.
(HILO) – Eight people were arrested early this morning at a protest camp across the road from the Mauna Kea Visitors Center on Hawaii island.
Seven women and one man were arrested for being present in the restricted area, outlined in the emergency rule passed by the Board of Land and Natural Resources and signed by Governor Ige. All of those arrested were transported by the Hawaii County Police Department to Hilo for booking.
This is the second law enforcement action on Mauna Kea, since the enactment of the 120-day-long emergency rule, intended to establish safe conditions on the mountain for protestors, observatory workers and visitors. 20 officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) made the arrests. They received transportation and booking assistance from four officers from the Hawaii County Police Department.
Rangers with the Office of Mauna Kea Management also assisted. During an earlier round of enforcement on July 31, six people received citations and seven people were arrested.
Bail for Kobayashi was set at $1,000 due to being a repeat offender. Bail for all others was set at $250.
KAHULUI – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) will implement a new parking plan in the Maalaea Small Boat Harbor beginning this Monday, August 3.
DOBOR has selected Diamond Parking to manage the entire parking area at Maalaea. The facility will have approximately 208 regular parking stalls, seven or eight boat trailer parking stalls and four ADA compliant handicap parking stalls available for users. The final count on the available stalls is pending finalization of the configuration plan.
Approval for DOBOR to issue a month to month revocable permit for up to a year to a parking vendor was given by the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) at the board’s meeting on April 24. Discussion about the parking plan has been circulating in the media since 2013.
As the vendor, Diamond Parking will install parking meters, collect fees ($0.50 per hour, $12.00 per 24 hour period) for all parking stalls in the harbor, pay for necessary infrastructure upgrades related to vehicle parking (signage, etc.) and pay a flat fee or a percentage of gross receipts to DOBOR for deposit into the Boating Special Fund which will be used to improve harbor facilities.
The Maalaea Small Boat Harbor has undergone substantial improvements that include a new ferry building with attached DOBOR district office, new piers, loading docks and parking areas. The total cost of the new improvements was approximately $15 million.
The repair and maintenance of the harbor is paid for through the boating special fund which consists of user fees generated from mooring fees, commercial vessel operations, and revenues from fast land leases. DOBOR does not receive any general fund money to help cover operating expenses.
Since those with use permits issued by DOBOR are not the only people using the facility, i.e. surfers, fishermen, neighboring commercial businesses, etc., DOBOR is seeking ways to make the generation of operating revenues more equitable for all user groups.
DOBOR has held several public meetings over the course of a year, with harbor permittees and members of the general public, to discuss the implementation of a parking plan.
Since the proposed parking area is new and may need to be amended based on general operations, DOBOR has issued a revocable permit on a month to month basis for up to one year in order to gather information that will be used to draft a concession agreement that will be later be placed out to bid.
This parking concession is similar to the parking concession located at the Ala Wai Small boat harbor, Oahu. Since its inception, the average monthly parking revenues generated at the Ala Wai small boat harbor is $62,500, (which is used to support operating costs statewide). Another benefit of the parking concession is security at the facility during times when the harbor office is closed.
DOBOR operates and manages 19 harbors, 15 ramps, and 2,122 moorings and berths across the state. The division works in close partnership with DLNR’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) and the U.S. Coast Guard to make near shore waters safe.
The division is also responsible for registering all vessels in Hawai‘i which are not documented by the U.S. Coast Guard, and for regulating and permitting surf meets, canoe and yachting regattas, ocean swimming events and other ocean events with the concurrence of the U.S. Coast Guard.
After more than 8 hours of public testimony in Honolulu yesterday, the Hawaii State Board of Land and Natural Resources voted 5-2 Friday night to approve the following emergency rule:
Prohibited activities. (a) The area referred to in this rule as the “restricted area” is defined as any lands in the public hunting area that includes the Mauna Kea Observatory Access Road and one mile on either side of the Mauna Kea Observatory Access road.
(b) As used in this rule, the term “transiting” means operating, or being a passenger in, a motor vehicle travelling at a reasonable and prudent speed and having regard to the actual and potential hazards and conditions then existing.
(c) No person shall at any time possess or control in the restricted area any of the following items: sleeping bag, tent, camping stove, or propane burner.
(d) No person shall enter or remain in the restricted area during the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., unless the person is transiting through the restricted area on the Mauna Kea Observatory Access Road or is lawfully within or entering or exiting an existing observatory or a facility operated by the University of Hawaii.
The rule is in response to protests and non-stop gatherings at the summit of Mauna Kea by people attempting to halt construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
The 120-day emergency rule would restrict access to anyone not traveling in a vehicle on Mauna Kea Access Road from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. and prohibit camping gear, including blankets and tarpaulins, within a mile of the road at any time. The rule ostensibly would allow construction to resume on the Thirty Meter Telescope, the subject of months of protests.
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