Kaho’olawe waters open for limited fishing

Posted at 2:50 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2009

Kahoolawe commission schedules open waters for trolling only

Advertiser Staff

WAILUKU, Maui – The Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission has scheduled “open waters” weekends for trolling only April 4-5 and April 18-19.

Access to reserve waters is severely restricted due to the presence of unexploded ordnance and to protect marine resources. Limited trolling is allowed two weekends each month within reserve waters, defined as the waters within 2 nautical miles of Kahoolawe island.

All vessels must register annually with the commission and pay a $25 permit fee before entering the reserve to troll during designated open waters dates.

During the open periods, registered vessels may troll in Zone B waters, which are waters deeper than 30 fathoms. Trollers must remain under way and all lures or live bait must remain on the surface. Rules violations may result in criminal and administrative penalties.

To register or for more information, contact Dean Tokishi at 808-243-5889 or e-mail dtokishi@kirc.hawaii.gov. Information also is available at http://kahoolawe.hawaii.gov.

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