2011 Hawaii Code
DIVISION 1. GOVERNMENT
TITLE 12. CONSERVATION AND RESOURCES
189. Commercial Fishing
§189-2.5 Longline fishing; description; prohibition.


HI Rev Stat § 189-2.5 (2011 through Reg Sess) What's This?

[§189-2.5] Longline fishing; description; prohibition. (a) For the purpose of this section, longline fishing means fishing conducted with gear consisting of at least one mainline over one nautical mile in length, to which is attached a number of branchlines with baited hooks and which is suspended below the surface of the ocean by floatlines attached to surface floats.

(b) It is unlawful to engage in longline fishing or to sell or offer for sale, any marine life taken with longline fishing gear within the boundaries of the State's territorial sea.

(c) Pursuant to and in cooperation with the joint federal-state Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC also known as WESPAC), of which Hawaii is a member, the State adopts and incorporates by reference the rules adopted by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the management and regulation of longline fishing activities.

(1) Accordingly, it is unlawful for any person to possess, land, sell, or offer for sale any marine life taken by longline fishing gear which is prohibited by or in violation of rules properly adopted by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which by incorporation and acceptance are also the law of Hawaii.

(2) Any person or any fishing vessel fishing with gear of at least one mainline over one nautical mile in length within the area prohibited by rules properly adopted by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and incorporated by the State shall be in violation of this section.

(d) The State shall have authority to enforce this section and the rules adopted by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and incorporated by reference into state law within:

(1) The State's marine waters as defined in section 189-1.5; and

(2) Those areas under the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council's jurisdiction where properly adopted rules have been established to govern, regulate, and manage longline fishing activities; provided that the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council shall have accepted and entered into a mutual working agreement with the State to carry out these rules, including the joint deputizing of law enforcement officials.

(e) The commercial marine license of any person convicted of violating this section shall be revoked and penalties pursuant to section 199-7, including equipment and gear seizure and forfeiture, shall be assessed. Any person whose license has been revoked shall not be eligible to apply for another license until the expiration of one year from the date of revocation. [L 1991, c 161, §1]

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