The Department of Land and Natural Resources announced Friday the opening of the Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area to fishing for one year beginning Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, and ending Saturday, Dec.31, 2016.
The area encompasses the near-shore waters between the Ewa wall of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium and the Diamond Head Lighthouse, from the high-water mark on shore to a minimum seaward distance of 500 yards, or to the edge of the fringing reef if one occurs beyond 500 yards.
Permitted fishing methods include pole-and-line, throw net, spear (daylight hours only), and hand harvest. Anyone who violates the provisions of this rule shall be guilty of a petty misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished as provided by law.
“The fishing public is reminded that it’s important to use caution and avoid conflict with other fishers using different types of gear as well as swimmers, surfers and others who also use the area,” said Bruce Anderson, Division of Aquatic Resources administrator.
“Similarly, we remind the non-fishing public to be mindful that fishers will be present. These near-shore waters are a traditional fishing area, and have been managed for public fishing since 1978. Fishers have a right to enjoy their activity as well,” Anderson said.
This is the only marine area in Hawaii that has a cyclical one-year open and one-year closed management regime. The purpose is to restore reef fish stocks. This specific area was chosen in part because of its easily identifiable boundaries.
Fishing is not allowed in the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District between the Ewa edge of the Natatorium and the Ewa edge of the Kapahulu groin (jetty).