Puako-‘Anaeho‘omalu - Fisheries Replenishment Area (FRA)
Goals: Ensure the sustainability of the State's nearshore ocean resources.
Conservation Objectives: Improving fish stocks.
Human Use Management & Objectives: Stop aquarium collection in designated areas and certain types of fishing.
Managing Agency: Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR)
Office or Bureau: Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR)
Level of Government: State.
Location: South end of Puako FMA to south side of ‘Anaeho‘ omalu Bay (Kapalaoa); 5.8 mi.
The West Hawai'i Regional Fishery Management Area consists of nine individual fisheries management areas (FRA’s) covering 35% of the shoreline. They extend from the highwater mark on the shoreline to a depth of 100 fathoms (600 ft).
Landward Northern Point: 19° 57.529’ N; 155° 51.553’ W
Landward Southern Point: 19° 54.641’ N; 155° 53.893’ W
Seaward Northern Point: 19° 59.206’ N; 155° 53.383’ W
Seaward Southern Point: 19° 57.034’ N; 155° 56.658’ W
Distance from landward to seaward points, northern/southern: 2.40/3.54 NM
Compass heading from landward to seaward coordinates: 300°
Permitted: *All types of fishing, except as indicated in the prohibited activities below
*To engage or attempt to engage in fish feeding (extended to include eight other West Hawai‘i MLCDs and FMAs).
*For commercial purposes, to possess aquarium collecting gear, take or possess marine life with such gear on an unregistered aquarium collecting vessel, or without a valid aquarium permit and commercial marine license.
*To take aquatic life for aquarium purposes between sunset and sunrise.
All aquarium-fishing vessels shall:
*Be registered with DLNR to take marine life for that purpose.
*Display the letters “AQ” on both sides as specified by rule.
*Fly a stiffened flag or pennant with the letter “A” as specified.
*Display a dive flag when divers are in the water.
*Stay clear of areas where aquarium collecting is prohibited while possessing collecting gear, except during transit, provided no collecting gear is in the water during transit.
Possession or use of the following is prohibited:
*A lay net not registered with DLNR.
*More than one lay net.
*Lay nets exceeding 125 feet in length or seven feet in stretched height; with stretched mesh less than 2-3/4 inches (three inches in Kailua Bay FMA); two or more nets joined for combined total length exceeding 250 feet.
*A lay net without at least four identification tags as specified by DLNR; tags must be attached at each end of float and lead lines.
Lay net fishing
The following is prohibited:
*Use of a lay net not marked by buoys as specified.
*Use of a lay net within 1,200 feet of another lay net (except two joined nets).
*Use of a lay net in water more than 80 feet deep, or for more than four hours during one set, or within 24 hours after the end of a set, or left unattended more than 1/2 hour, or failure to inspect entire net within two hours after beginning of set.
*Retrieval in a manner that causes coral breakage from its attachment or into smaller pieces.
*To discard or leave any lay net or portion thereof in the water longer than four hours.
*To fish with lay nets in the following areas: Puako-‘Anaeho‘omalu FMA; Ka‘upulehu FMA; Makolea to Kalae o Kikaua; Red Hill FMA; Hanamalo Pt. to Kanewa‘a Pt. South Kona; Kanonohe to Kalipoa, Ka‘u.
*Lay nets and akule nets used at Kaloko-Honokohau FMA must be handmade locally of natural fibers.
Further details regarding aquarium collecting and lay net fishing can be obtained from DLNR at time of registration.