Hawaii’s “Last Fishing Village” receives a special state designation to protect its waters

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The “last fishing village in Hawaii” has a shiny new title — and with it a slew of government protections.

Milolii on the island of Hawaii is officially designated as the state’s second community-based subsistence fishery.

The new shoreline position, signed into law by Gov. David Ige, is designed to protect and conserve fish populations and habitats by combining traditional Hawaiian fishing practices with modern approaches to conservation, officials reported.

“We need young people to take this work forward and encourage other communities to create community-based subsistence fisheries for the benefit and future of the entire state,” the governor said.

“Milolii is a shining example of how we can all work together for the benefit of our marine resources, our keiki and our kupuna.”

Haena on Kauai is another community-based subsistence fishery protected by the DLNR Department of Aquatic Resources.

DLNR rules for community-based subsistence fisheries include:

  • Size and/or pocket restrictions
  • Seasonal restrictions for specific fish
  • Fishing ban on certain fish
  • No commercial aquarium fishing
  • And specific gear and species restrictions in several sub-areas within the broader CBSFA boundary

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