Public Meetings on Hawai‘i Small-Boat Fisheries

HONOLULU (19 April 2024) Hawai‘i’s small-boat fisheries play a vital role in sustaining the cultural heritage and economic well-being of the state. These fisheries, which target federally managed species such as ‘ahi, deep-seven bottomfish, uku, Kona crab, mahimahi and ono, are essential to the fabric of Hawaiian life.

Recognizing the importance of these fisheries, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, NOAA Fisheries and State of Hawai‘i are embarking on a collective effort to engage with the public on critical issues facing the fishing community. A series of meetings will provide an opportunity for participants to voice their concerns and ideas regarding topics like data collection, closed areas to fishing and quotas.

Meetings will be conducted in-person and have an open-house format, allowing participants to discuss programs, activities and issues with representatives from federal, state and fishing organizations. 

“We invite members of the public to join us in these important discussions,” said Kitty Simonds, Council Executive Director. “Your participation makes a difference in shaping the future of fishing in Hawai‘i. We encourage everyone to come and talk story with us.”

All meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m, except as noted.

Tues, April 23, 2024                         Benjamin Parker Elementary School Cafeteria

                                                           45-259 Waikalua Rd., Kaneohe, O‘ahu

Wed, April 24, 2024                         Keehi Lagoon Memorial Park Alfred Los Banos Hall

                                                           2685 N. Nimitz Hwy., Honolulu, O‘ahu

Thurs, April 25, 2024                       Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria

                                                           4431 Nuhou St., Lihue, Kaua‘i

Tues, April 30, 2024                         Mitchell Pauole Center

                                                           90 Ainoa St., Kaunakakai, Moloka‘i

Thurs, May 2, 2024                           Arc of Hilo

                                                           1099 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo, Big Island

Fri, May 3, 2024                                Tutu’s House

                                                           64-1032 Mamalahoa Hwy. #305, Waimea, Big Island

Sat, May 4, 2024 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)    West Hawai‘i Civic Center – Building G

                                                           74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Kailua-Kona, Big Island

Thurs, May 9, 2024                           Maui High School Cafeteria

                                                           660 S. Lono Ave., Kahului, Maui

For more information, visit the Council website.

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