Date: November 4, 2022 Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Grand Naniloa Hotel, 93 Banyan Dr., Hilo, Hawaii Island, HI 96720
SUMMARY: The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is holding public meetings to discuss non-commercial fishing in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
The WPRFMC invites you to attend one of a series of public meetings to review potential fishing regulations for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Monument Expansion Area:
|Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022||Kauai||Elise H. Wilcox Elementary School Cafeteria
4319 Hardy St., Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
|Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022||Maui||UH Maui College Ka Lama Room 103
310 W Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, Maui, HI 96732
|Friday, Nov. 4, 2022||Big Island||Grand Naniloa Hotel
93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, Hawaii Island, HI 96720
|Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022||Big Island||Royal Kona Resort Discovery Room
75-5852 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Island, HI 96740
|10 a.m.—1 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022||Molokai||Lanikeha Community Center
2200 Farrington Ave, Hoolehua, Molokai, HI 96729
|Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022||Oahu||Ala Moana Hotel Hibiscus Ballroom
410 Atkinson Dr, Honolulu, HI, 96814
The Council has developed options and is seeking input from the fishing community, the Native Hawaiian community, and other groups on appropriate fishing regulations and definitions for non-commercial fishing. It is important for the Council to hear from the fishing community and the Native Hawaiian community to learn what is both needed and appropriate for the area. The Council would like to hear more about:
- Historical uses of the MEA;
- Which definition of subsistence meets the needs of the community;
- The potential inclusion of customary exchange; and
- Any demand for access to the fishery resources in the MEA.
Comments received will be summarized and provided to the Council for its consideration at its 193rd meeting in December 2022. The Council is expected to take final action on fishing regulations for the MEA and provide those recommendations to the National Marine Fisheries Service for implementation.
For more information on the NWHI Fisheries, click here.