Closed Season For Moi Begins June 1
By Wendy Osher
The closed season on moi fishing begins on Wednesday, June 1, 2011. The three month closed season helps to sustain moi populations by protecting them during the critical summer spawning period.
The early Hawaiians also placed a kapu or prohibition on certain fish during their spawning season as a conservation measure.
“Moi is one of Hawaii’s most significant fish species, from a cultural perspective,” said William J. Aila, Jr., chairperson for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. “At one time it was reserved only for royalty. Today we still value it as one of our most sought-after reef fishes.”
Under state law, it it illegal to take, possess, or sell moi during June, July and August.
“We ask for the fishing public’s help in complying with the closed season,” added Aila. “If we are to have fish for the future, we need to share the responsibility and take care of our ocean.”
There is also a bag and size limit on moi during the open season, which runs from September through May. The minimum size during the open season is 11 inches, and the bag limit is 15 for possession and sale. DLNR officials say there is an exception for commercial marine dealers, who may possess and sell more than 15 moi during the open season, with receipts issued for the purchase.
Fishing violations can be reported by calling 643-DLNR (3567).