DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Annual closure of ‘ama’ama season goes into effect December-March

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 in Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) reminds the fishing public that the season for ‘ama‘ama (striped mullet) will be closed from Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, through Thursday, March 31, 2016.

“ ‘Ama‘ama are about to enter their peak spawning season, which increases their vulnerability to fishing pressure,” said Bruce Anderson, DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources administrator. “The annual winter closure is designed to help the fish reproduce successfully and protect the species from overfishing.”

There are two kinds of penalties, criminal and civil for seasonal violations. The criminal penalties are a petty misdemeanor punishable by fines of up to $500 per violation and/or 30 days in jail. There is no per specimen fine. First offense civil penalties are up to $1,000 per specimen and $1,000 per violation.

“We ask the public’s compliance with the closed season,” Anderson said. “While it’s DLNR’s job to protect our marine resources, everyone shares in the responsibility to take care of important fish species like ‘ama‘ama to ensure their survival into the future.”

Copies of statewide fishing regulations for ‘ama‘ama and all other marine species are available in Honolulu at the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) office, 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 330, and at all neighbor island DAR offices. Fishing regulations can also be found on the DAR website at dlnr.hawaii.gov/dar. To report violations of fish catch size or net use, call the DLNR enforcement hotline at (808) 643-DLNR (643-3567).

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News Release in Brief: The Department of Land and Natural Resources reminds the public that the fishing season for ‘ama‘ama, or striped mullet, will be closed from Dec. 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016. ‘Ama‘ama are entering their peak spawning season, and the winter closure is designed to protect the species from overfishing. Copies of statewide fishing regulations are available at all DLNR-Aquatics offices throughout the islands.

Media Contact:

Deborah Ward

Public Information Specialist

(808) 587-0320