DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR Announces Procedure For
HONOLULU -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announces an interim procedure for fishers to register their lay gill nets with the Department. New lay gill net rules announced last week require all gill nets used in lay net fishing to be registered, and to carry identification tags.
“Registration of lay gill nets is an important part of the newly adopted rules as it encourages accountability and compliance, and will assist in our enforcement to better protect and preserve near shore resources,” said Peter Young, DLNR chairperson.
Lay gill nets (or “lay nets”) are set in one location and left there for a period of time, entangling fish as they swim into it. Most nets are made of monofilament nylon, with floats along one length and weights along the other.
In order to register a lay gill net, the fisher must go to a Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) office and provide a valid photo identification, along with a description of the net(s) he/she wishes to register. The description should include material (e.g. monofilament) and dimensions (mesh size and overall net size).
(Note: Special rules apply to the West Hawai‘i Fishery Management Area, Hawai‘i where fishers need to bring in their nets.)
The DAR will provide the registrant with codes and temporary tags, which he/she must attach to his/her net(s), along with surface marker floats, as required. The fisher must place the tags onto each net in accordance with instructions that will be provided. Permanent (metal or other durable material) tags, to replace the temporary tags, will be mailed to the fisher as soon as they become available.
To register your lay gill nets, visit any DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources office at one of the following locations (call for office hours):
O‘ahu: 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330, Honolulu (587-0100)
Rule amendments and maps are posted on the Division of Aquatic Resources website at http://www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar/regs/ch75.pdf
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