Hawaiian Striped Mullet Season Set To Close
The Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) reminds the fishing public that the season for ?ama?ama (striped mullet) will be closed from Dec. 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012.
Violations of the size or season restrictions can result in fines of up to $500 and/or 30 days in jail, plus up to $100 for each fish taken.
??Ama?ama are about to enter their peak spawning season,? said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson. ?The annual winter closure is designed to help the fish reproduce successfully and protect the species from overfishing.
?We ask the public?s kokua in complying with the closed season,? Aila added. ?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 Street, Room 330, and at all neighbor island aquatic resources offices. Fishing regulations can also be found on the DAR web site at hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar. To report fish catch size or net violations, call 643-DLNR (643-3567).
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