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Mar 19, 2019
Published in North Carolina Fishing
The Thursday, March 21, 2019 Special Meeting Agenda is available for download at the link below. March 21, 2019 Special Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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Mar 19, 2019
Published in Hawaii Fishing
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release
DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE 
CHAIRPERSON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 18, 2019

NEW DLNR DIVISION OF AQUATIC RESOURCES ADMINISTRATOR NAMED

Brian Neilson Moves up to Top Spot

(Honolulu) –Brian Neilson has been appointed the next administrator of the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR).  Neilson has held a variety of staff and leadership positions with DAR.  He has been Acting DAR Administrator since June of last year.

DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “Brian is the perfect choice to lead our protection and management efforts to preserve Hawai‘i’s unique and irreplaceable aquatic resources. As acting administrator, he’s proven his leadership ability and has quickly gained the confidence of his staff and DLNR leadership. Brian’s extensive experience in the field will be invaluable as the division aims to accomplish the goals of the 30 X 30 marine initiative.” (Under Governor Ige’s Sustainable Hawaii Initiative, the State of Hawai‘i is committed to effectively managing 30% of Hawai‘i’s nearshore ocean waters by 2030, setting a unified target for marine practitioners grounded in science).

Neilson commented, “I am humbled by this opportunity and appreciate the enormous responsibility that comes with this position. I’m confident in taking on such a role, in knowing that I will be working with a talented and passionate DAR team. We’re fortunate to work with so many dedicated citizens who are committed to sustaining our aquatic life and habitats for      current and future generations.  DAR is doing incredible work these days from mauka to makai, working in streams, estuaries, anchialine pools, and reefs.  I’m also excited to be working with a wide range of stakeholders to achieve common goals.”

Neilson has worked mauka to makai over the past 20 years in natural resources management. 

He started his DAR career as a technician on the Super Sucker Invasive Algae Project, where he spent hundreds of hours removing invasive algae and surveying reef health. He then moved on to lead the Aquatic Invasive Species Team as a DAR Biologist.  He was promoted to Program Manager in 2017 and then his service as acting administrator.

He began his career in Oregon as a wildland firefighter and wilderness trail ranger before finding his true passion in fisheries management.  He spent eight years in Alaska working as a fisheries technician and biologist.  One year he spent five months at a remote Alaska field camp counting salmon as they migrated upstream to spawn. He returned home with countless bear and fish stories.

Neilson holds undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Oregon State University focusing on Fisheries Science and Management. He has a passion for surfing, diving, fishing, and cooking for family and friends.

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Mar 15, 2019
Published in Hawaii Fishing
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release
DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE 
CHAIRPERSON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2019

RULE CHANGES PROPOSED TO PROTECT MOLOKINI MARINE LIFE CONSERVATION DISTRICT

Information Meeting Set for Input on Rules and Management

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(Wailuku, Maui) – New evidence suggests that some marine predators are being displaced by high human use at the Molokini Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD), which in 2018 attracted more than 360,000 snorkelers and divers.  At an information and scoping meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 2019 staff from the DLNR, Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), will present details of recent scientific studies and learn about management concerns for Molokini Crater. The meeting will be held from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Kihei Community Center (303 E. Lipoa Street, Kihei, Maui). At the meeting, interested people can provide input to help inform the development of updated administrative rules and other possible management efforts.

The Molokini MLCD was first established in 1977 as a highly unique offshore islet with a very healthy and intact coral reef ecosystem.  The rules that established this MLCD have not been seriously reviewed and adjusted for nearly 25 years.  In 1995 rules were last amended to create a limited commercial permit system designed to prevent future uncontrolled growth by commercial tour companies.  DLNR/DAR is now looking to update these rules to address current crowding concerns, ensure fair and equitable use by all boaters and to amend other rules as necessary.

In 2010 a social carrying-capacity study found that over 60% of all Molokini visitors felt crowded when too many boats were in the crater.  At that time, visitor numbers were around 300,000 per year, but now has grown to 360,000 visitors per year.  A reef predator movement study in 2016 found that 50% of omilu (a key nearshore reef predator) were displaced outside of the shallow crater into deeper water when the number of boats exceeded 12.  Although the coral reef habitat appears to remain healthy, the displacement of key reef predators is an indication that high human use is affecting this fully protected reserve.  DAR is currently working with permitted Molokini commercial operators to explore how to best address these concerns while minimizing impacts to their tour operations.

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Mar 15, 2019
Published in Hawaii Fishing
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
JOINT NEWS RELEASE
 
 DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
 SUZANNE D. CASE
DLNR CHAIRPERSON

PHYLLIS SHIMABUKURO-GEISER
HDOA CHAIRPERSON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2019

PUBLIC FORUM ON INVASIVE SPECIES & BIOSECURITY IN HAWAII

New Tools & Opportunities For Public Participation

(Honolulu) – As an island state, Hawai‘i is uniquely impacted by the threat of invasive species. Our endemic species and distinctive ecosystems evolved over millions of years in isolation from the rest of the world’s biota, creating a delicate balance that continues to be at risk from the arrival of non-native plants, animals, and fungi.

The most important partners in preventing the spread of invasive species are Hawai‘i’s residents and visitors.  The State of Hawai‘i Office of Environmental Quality Control/Environmental Council, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and the William S. Richardson School of Law’s Environmental Law Program are pleased to announce a forum for interested people to learn about new developments in Hawaii’s biosecurity and invasive species efforts, and ways that you can engage in protecting Hawai‘i from this threat. The forum is scheduled for March 23, 2019, from 9:00am-12:00pm at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i, Classroom 2, 2515 Dole Street in Honolulu.

Impacts from invasive species include decline of native species through predation or habitat loss, reduced agricultural yields, introduction and spread of disease, and reduced quality of life for residents. In response to this threat, Hawai‘i’s government agencies and partners are working to increase biosecurity capacity, which is the set of policies and actions taken to

minimize the impacts of invasive species. This includes work through existing programs, like the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture’s (HDOA) quarantine and inspection services, as well as new lines of collaborative research, such as the development of a mosquito “birth control” to limit the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.

The first part of the forum will include presentations highlighting progress made under the umbrella of Hawai‘i’s Interagency Biosecurity Plan. It’s a 10-year framework for improving pre-border, border, and post-border biosecurity efforts. The forum will provide an overview of long-term goals set by the Biosecurity Plan, progress toward those goals, and a special focus on two primary areas of interest: HDOA’s efforts to modernize the process of import, inspection, and quarantine, and efforts by the Department of Health, DLNR, and other partners to improve mosquito detection and potentially develop landscape-scale mosquito control techniques.

The second part of this forum will include presentations on invasive species of particular interest to Hawai‘i residents, including opportunities for people to engage in detection, reporting, and control. This will include a focus on Rapid »Lhi»a Death, the fungus threatening our native »Mhi»a trees, and what everyone can do to help prevent the spread of this disease. The forum will include a discussion of the invasive tree albizia and what communities can do to control it. Finally, partners will present on the impacts of little fire ants in Hawaii and what residents can do to help detect new infestations or control ants on their properties.

FORUM SCHEDULE

Part I: Making Hawai‘i Safer through Better Biosecurity

  • Hawai‘i’s Interagency Biosecurity Plan, 2017-2027: A shared Path forward – Josh Atwood, Hawai‘i Invasive Species Council
  • Biosecurity at Hawai‘i’s Borders: Electronic Manifesting and Inspection Facilities –Jonathan Ho, Hawai‘i’s Department of Agricultur
  • Mosquitoes in Hawai‘i : Vector Control & Potential for Landscape-scale Control –Cynthia King, Department of Land and Natural Resources

Part II: Invasive Species in Hawaii: What the Public Can do to Help

  • Rapid »Lhi»a Death: Early Detection, Rapid Response, and How the Public Can Help –Ambyr Mokiao-Lee, University of Hawai‘i, and Rob Hauff, Department of Land and

Natural Resources

  • Albizia Control and Management in Hawaii: Opportunities for Public Engagement – John-Carl Watson, Koolau Mountains Watershed Partnership
  • Little Fire Ants in Hawaii: An Overview of the Problem and how Residents Can Test their Yards – Cas Vanderwoude, Hawai‘i Ant Lab, and Erin Bishop, O‘ahu Invasive Species Committee

This event is free and will include opportunities for questions and discussion. Refreshments will be provided. Parking is available at the University of Hawai‘i at Mnoa parking structure

accessible via Lower Campus Road / Dole Street, for a flat rate of $6. The Law School is located adjacent to the top level of the parking structure, accessible via stairs, elevator, or by parking on the top floor. For more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Mar 15, 2019
Published in North Carolina Fishing
APEX, N.C. (March 15, 2019)  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Jordan Lake State Recreation Area are hosting a free family event on Sunday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the White ...

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Mar 15, 2019
Published in North Carolina Fishing
The Thursday, March 21, 2019 Committee of the Whole Meeting Notice is available for download at the link below. March 21, 2019 Committee of the Whole Meetings Notice (PDF)

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Mar 15, 2019
Published in North Carolina Fishing
RALEIGH, N.C. (March 15, 2019) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public comment on upcoming migratory game bird hunting seasons, as well as advising hunters of several important ...

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Mar 15, 2019
Published in Hawaii Fishing
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release
DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE 
CHAIRPERSON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 14, 2019

2019-2020 HAWAII HUNTING STAMP CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

(Honolulu) –The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife would like to thank all the wildlife artists who submitted art entries for the 2019-20 Hawai’i Wildlife Conservation and Game Bird Stamp Art Contest.  A committee reviewed all submissions and two winners were chosen.

The winners are:

Game Bird Stamp Winner – Carol Tredway. Carol is an award winning local artist. She exhibits her paintings in Kona’s Glyph Gallery, which features many of Hawaii’s talented  artists. Birds in their natural habitat is a favorite subject and she has painted many species both native and introduced. The ring neck pheasant is a popular gamebird from Asia that was brought to Hawaii in 1860 for hunting. Visually the male bird has colorful plumage and varied patterns while the female has a subtle brown motif that aids her ability to blend into the brush. Their habitat is grassland from mountain to coastline. The painting depicts a pair that are traversing through the underbrush in a mountainous range where »Mhelo berries grow.

 

Conservation Stamp Winner – Jessica Orfe. Animals are a primary focus in Jessica’s artwork.  For example, ‘Topical Animals’ (2013), a coloring-book-style interactive mural, dealt with the conflict between native & non-native species.  ‘Mouflon Rouge,’ painted in layers of unmixed colors, depicts an introduced species that has acclimated to the Rainbow State. This painting is currently on display at the Association of Hawaii Artists Aloha Show at Honolulu Hale, March 5-21, along with other beautiful pieces by local artists.

These two new stamps will be available for the new 2019-20 hunting season.

The conservation stamp is required on the Hawai‘i State hunting license, and the game bird hunting stamp is required for those intending to hunt game birds. Funds from sales of these stamps go into the state wildlife revolving fund to support wildlife populations and habitat, and to manage hunting in the state of Hawai’i. Both stamps will be available on July 1, 2019 to wildlife stamp collectors by calling (808) 587-0166 or visit the Division of Forestry and Wildlife office located at 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325 Honolulu, HI 96813.

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AJ McWhorter
Communications Specialist
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
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808-587-0396 (Communications Office)
www.dlnr.hawaii.gov

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Mar 14, 2019
Published in North Carolina Fishing
The Thursday, March 21, 2019 Special Meeting Notice is available for download at the link below. March 21, 2019 Special Meeting Notice (PDF)

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Mar 13, 2019
Published in North Carolina Fishing
The Thursday, March 21, 2019 Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda is available for download at the link below. March 21, 2019 Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF)  

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