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Meetings to Discuss Proposed Rule Updates for Samoan Crabs, Kona Crabs and Lobster

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In an effort to facilitate compliance with the rules regulating the take, possession, and sale of Samoan crab, Kona crab and lobsters in state waters, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources has scheduled public hearings this month.

Currently, these species are regulated under statutory provisions as well as multiple rule chapters. The proposed consolidation will place all regulations in one rule chapter.

Department officials say the proposed actions will not result in any substantive changes to existing laws. Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules chapters 13-84, relating to Samoan crab, and 13-89, relating to spiny lobster or ula and slipper lobster or ula papapa, would be repealed and their substantive provisions would be incorporated into chapter 13-95.


DAR also proposes to incorporate into HAR chapter 13-95 the statutory provisions of HRS §188-58.5, which prohibit the taking or killing of female Samoan and Kona crabs and spiny lobsters.

Consolidating these rules into one rule chapter will facilitate compliance by making it easier to find all applicable regulations on these crustacean species. The take, possession, or sale of these resources will not be affected by these proposed administrative rulemaking actions.

Public Hearing Schedule


Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020
Kona – Kealakehe High School Cafeteria, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Kaua‘i – Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria, Līhuʻe, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Lāna‘i – Lanai Public Library, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Moloka‘i – Mitchel Pauole Center Conference Room, Kaunakakai, 1 to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020
O‘ahu – Stevenson Middle School Cafeteria, Honolulu, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Maui – Maui Division of Aquatic Resources Office Conference Room, Wailuku, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020
Hilo – Hilo State Building Conference Room, Hilo, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


People are encouraged to attend a public hearing to provide information and comment for the DLNR to consider. Those unable to attend or who wish to provide additional comments can submit written testimony via mail or e-mail by Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 to: Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330, Honolulu, HI 96813 or [email protected]

Additional information or a copy of the proposed rules will be mailed at no charge upon receipt of verbal or written request to the DAR address or may be obtained from the DAR website at under the “Announcements” section.

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