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October 26, 2020

State Warns of Increase in Harmful Monk Seal Hookings and Feedings

The Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources' Division of Aquatic Resources is concerned about a recent increase in harmful interactions between fishermen and monk seals. This year, 24 monk seal hookings already have been reported on O’ahu.
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September 02, 2020

Luxury Yacht Owner to Pay $100,000 for Coral Damage

The state Board of Land and Natural Resources voted Friday to impose a $100,000 fine on the owners of a luxury yacht that damaged hundreds of coral colonies when its anchor swung through the coral bed during an incident in October of 2018 at Kailua Bay on Hawai'i island.
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June 29, 2020

COVID-19 Rules for Larger Commercial and Recreational Boats Relaxed

“This change in rules is effective immediately and allows commercial and recreational boats, with a rated US Coast Guard capacity of more than ten, to not exceed their rated capacity by no more than 50 percent, provided they operating under the Boating and Ocean Recreation COVID-19 guidelines," said DOBOR Administrator Ed Underwood.
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May 23, 2020

Unanimous: Hawai‘i Land Board Rejects Aquarium Fishers EIS

After reviewing the applicant aquarium fishers’ proposal and testimony and deliberating for over four hours, the BLNR determined that the EIS did not adequately disclose the potential environmental impacts from the issuance of ten aquarium fishing permits for West Hawaiʻi.
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May 19, 2020

DLNR Begins Review of Maunakea Comprehensive Management Plan

In order to provide the DLNR and the Board of Land and Natural Resources relevant information, including community input, into whether Maunakea is being effectively managed, the department is launching an independent evaluation of the University of Hawai‘i’s (UH) compliance with the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP).
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May 13, 2020

Scientists to Study ʻMolokini Without Touristsʻ

According to a 2007 report published in the scientific journal Ecological Applications, Molokini Marine Life Conservation District was considered the most effective marine protected area in Hawaiʻi1,2. However, during the past decade, Molokini’s ecosystem health has declined, likely related to pressures from intensive tourism at this mid-ocean reef system. 
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February 22, 2020

Two Men Cited For Illegal Aquarium Gear, Fish

Inspection revealed aquarium fishing gear, including a small mesh net, aboard their vessel.
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February 16, 2020

Ask the Mayor: Photoshoots on Kāʻanapali Beach

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions. 
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February 09, 2020

Public Decries Monk Seal Harassment on Instagram

A shocking video of a man hitting a monk seal resting on a beach has garnered a slew of backlash on Instagram. 
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February 01, 2020

Scientists Are Using High Tech Aerial Surveillance to Study Coral Reefs

Following the latest mass coral bleaching event in Hawaiian waters last fall, the Department of Land and Natural Resources is now using an equipment rich, aerial platform to map and access the health of reefs along the more than 700 miles of shoreline in the Main Hawaiian Islands.
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November 24, 2019

Wildlife Conservation Stamp Contest Seeking Entries

Artists are encouraged to submit entries to the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife for the 2020-21 hunting stamp.
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November 16, 2019

Public Invited to “Help Keep the Sea Plastic Free”

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is hosting a free event in an effort to encourage the public to use plastic free bottles.
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November 10, 2019

Beachgoers Gripe After Being Told to Stop Touching Turtle

A day at the beach ended with an unpleasant encounter for one Makawao resident.
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November 06, 2019

New 8,000 Square-Foot DLNR Maui Annex Completed

A blessing and ribbon cutting marked the completion of a new 8,000 square-foot building, housing four divisions of the Department of Land and Natural Resources on Maui.
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October 29, 2019

Game Bird Hunting Season Opens This Weekend

This year's game bird hunting season will begin on Saturday and run through Jan. 25, the Department of Land and Natural Resources announced today. 
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