Moi season closed effective June 1; Lobster, Kona Crab closed May-August

June 2, 2010, 1:20 PM HST · Updated June 2, 1:25 PM
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The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) wishes to remind everyone that the moi fishing season closed Tuesday, June 1, 2010 through August 31, 2010.

Moi. File photo by Wendy Osher.

“Moi is one of Hawaii’s most significant fish species, from a cultural perspective,” said Laura H. Thielen, DLNR chairperson.  “At one time it was reserved only for royalty.  Today we still value it as one of our most sought-after reef fishes.”

“In recent years, the competitive uses of shoreline areas coupled with increased fishing pressure have resulted in a decrease in moi catch by local fishermen. The closed season helps sustain its populations by protecting it during the critical summer spawning period,” she continued.

The early Hawaiians also placed a kapu or prohibition on certain fish during their spawning season as a conservation measure used for a number of species.

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“We ask for the fishing public’s help in complying with the closed season,” added Thielen.  “If we are to have fish for the future, we need to share the responsibility and take care of our ocean.”

Fishers are also reminded that the seasons for spiny lobster (ula), slipper lobster (ula papapa), and Kona crab are also currently closed through the end of August.  Closed season for these invertebrates began May 1.

Copies of Hawai‘i’s fishing regulations are available at DLNR’s Aquatic Resources offices, and at most fishing supply stores.  Fishing regulations are also posted on the DAR web site at hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar.

To report fishing violations, call 587-0077 on O‘ahu.  Neighbor island residents can call toll free by dialing the operator and asking for “Enterprise 5469.”

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