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Hawaii Commercial Fishing

Gov Approves New Big Island Fishing Restrictions

Gov. Neil Abercrombie approved a set of new rules on Saturday that restrict fishing on the west side of the…

State Cracks Down on Illegal Fishing Nets

Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources removed two giant laynets and harmful net balls from Kaneohe Bay this summer,…

Illegal Fishing in Pacific Nets $1.5 Million in Penalties

A federal investigation recently resulted in huge fines against six vessels that broke laws designed to protect tuna stocks and…
Fewer Ahi, More Mahi? Fishermen Are Changing the Pacific Ecosystem Courtesy: Isaac Wedin

Fewer Ahi, More Mahi? Fishermen Are Changing the Pacific Ecosystem

New study raises questions of how feds are managing marine resources.
Land Board Bans Scuba Spearfishing in West Hawaii

Land Board Bans Scuba Spearfishing in West Hawaii

The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources voted on Friday to approve a new set of rules governing fishing…

Tougher Fishing Rules Considered For Kona Waters

From the Hawaii Tribune-Herald: The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources will consider strengthening fishery…

Hawaii Company’s Ahi Farming Cages Headed to Canada

A local company is taking their underwater fish farming cages up north after receiving a Canadian patent.
Big Fish Mystery: Why Are Big Island Reefs Suffering Such Dramatic Decline? NOAA

Big Fish Mystery: Why Are Big Island Reefs Suffering Such Dramatic Decline?

Troubling questions about the future of sea life in South Kohala are raised by a new study.

Hirono Co-Sponsors Pirate Fishing Elimination Act

From a press release Monday (Feb. 11): Today, Senators Rockefeller, (D-WV) and Murkowski,  (R-AK)  introduced two…
Hawaii Fishermen in Uproar About Cascade of Environmental Protections

Hawaii Fishermen in Uproar About Cascade of Environmental Protections

UPDATED Fishermen worry that monk seal and coral protections could impact fishing.

Monk Seal Found With Fishing Spear in Head

Did someone intentionally set out to hurt this monk seal? Fisherman packed a legislative hearing on fishing regulations, including restrictions…
Scientists: Climate Change Will Mean Fewer Big Fish Flickr: luckytomato

Scientists: Climate Change Will Mean Fewer Big Fish

Hawaii may have less ahi, swordfish over course of this century.