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Oct 27, 2020
Published in Hawaii Fishing
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release
DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE 
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release: October 26, 2020

SHEARWATER RELEASE CEREMONY GOES VIRTUAL

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(LIHU’E) – The annual E Ho‘opomaika‘i ‘ia na Manu ‘A‘o (A Cultural Release of the Native Newell’s Shearwater) event was not slowed down by the Covid-19 crisis this year. Instead of having school children attending, the ceremony was filmed instead so that a wider audience could view it virtually.

The event was organized by the Kaua’i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project (KESRP) and the Save Our Shearwaters (SOS) program. Kumu Sabra Kauka of Island School led the blessing as five ‘A‘o (Newell’s Shearwater) fledglings that had been grounded by light attraction and rescued by SOS were successfully released out to sea.

“Because of the global pandemic, we couldn’t have school children attend the release this year, which was a real shame as their enthusiasm and joy at seeing the birds up close is such an integral part of it”, said Dr. André Raine of KESRP, “However, we hope that by sharing the footage of the blessing and the birds being released more people will be able to participate in this special day and learn about the challenging journey these birds take when they leave their mountain burrows for the very first time.”

Kumu Sabra Kauka, who led the blessing, added, “Releasing an Aʻo to the sky and watching it fly out over the ocean with our blessings is always a deep honor. The birds have always been an important part of our ‘aina and have helped to shape Kauai over the millennia.”

Every year, the SOS project rehabilitates both ‘A‘o and U’au (Hawaiian Petrels) that are either injured by powerline collisions or attracted to artificial lights on the island of Kaua’i. Both species have suffered severe declines on Kaua’i in recent decades – studies by KESRP have shown that between 1993 and 2013 the island’s population of ‘A‘o declined by 94% and U’au by 78%.

In October, light attraction becomes a particular concern for ‘A‘o. This is the peak month when young ‘A‘o are leaving their burrows for the first time and heading out to sea. After ‘A’o fly from their burrows in the remote mountain areas in which they breed, they get attracted to the bright lights of the towns – which they circle until they end up exhausted and grounded. If they are not rescued by concerned members of the public, they become easy prey for the large numbers of cats and dogs on the island or are run over by cars. Many are never found. The fall-out season runs from the end of September to mid-December.

Molly Bache, Program Coordinator for SOS, highlighted the ways in which members of the public can help. “At this time of year, everyone can help – both making sure that unnecessary lights are turned out and by keeping an eye out for fallen birds. If birds are found, they should be carefully collected and placed in one of the aid stations located at Kaua’i County fire stations and other locations around the island, where they can be collected by the Save Our Shearwaters project staff.”

KESRP is a joint project between the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife project and the Pacific Co-operative Studies Unit of the University of Hawai‘i. SOS is a DLNR project housed at the Kaua’i Humane Society and financially supported by the Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative.

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Media Contact:

AJ McWhorter
Communications Specialist
Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources
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808-587-0396 (Communications Office)

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Oct 23, 2020
Published in Hawaii Fishing
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release
DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE 
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release: October 23, 2020

WARNING OF AN INCREASE IN MONK SEAL HOOKINGS AND FEEDINGS

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(Honolulu) – The ocean provides resources for both ourselves and the native wildlife that live within it. The DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) have concerns about a recent increase in harmful interactions between fishers and Hawaiian monk seals. For example, thus far this year, 24 monk seal hookings have been reported on O’ahu – a substantial increase compared to recent years.

Harmful interactions with seals can be decreased by following the Fishing Around Seals and Turtles (FAST) guidelines (https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/pacific-islands/resources-fishing/fishing-around-seals-and-turtles). These include always keeping your eyes on your gear, avoiding casting to areas where monk seals are observed, and using barbless circle hooks. These steps will help decrease the instances of hooking seals which can injure the animals, destroy fishing gear, and possibly lead to harm to the fisher.

Another serious issue observed recently is the intentional “provisioning” or feeding of seals. On O’ahu’s Leeward Coast, where large nearshore schools of halalu (juvenile akule) have attracted numerous fishermen and monk seals, we have seen fishermen feeding halalu to nearby seals. While the fishermen’s intentions may be good, this is dangerous to both humans and the seals. In almost all cases, the seals will learn to associate people with food and increasingly poach off fishers, leading to even more interactions, possible seal injuries, and fishermen losing their catch. Feeding or attempting to feed a monk seals is prohibited under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Seals that are fed adversely effects their ability to survive as wild animals and continuing to feed wild seals may eventually impact a very large number of fishers and resource users.

If you observe any ocean user intentionally feeding monk seals, please call The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Hotline at 1-888-256-9840. Never attempt to enter the water with a monk seal, even to “free it” from gear it may have ingested. Instead, call the Hotline and the DAR or NOAA employees will respond as soon as possible.

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Media Contact:

AJ McWhorter
Communications Specialist
Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources
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808-587-0396 (Communications Office)

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Oct 21, 2020
Published in North Carolina Fishing
BOOMER, N.C. (OCT. 21, 2020) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a youth-only deer hunting opportunity on Warrior Creek Recreational Area in Wilkes County on Nov. 14, 2020.  ...

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Oct 21, 2020
Published in North Carolina Fishing
RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 21, 2020) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has unveiled a new online reporting tool for people to report any sightings of feral swine or their damage to the agency.   ...

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Oct 20, 2020
Published in North Carolina Fishing
BREVARD, N.C. (Oct. 20, 2020)  – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education has reopened with limited programming and is offering free outdoor-related workshops ...

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Oct 20, 2020
Published in North Carolina Fishing
RALEIGH, N.C. (October 20, 2020)  – Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking the public to help them monitor the potential spread of a deadly rabbit disease that has not ...

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Oct 19, 2020
Published in North Carolina Fishing
ELLERBE, N.C. (Oct. 19, 2020)  — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the John Lentz Hunter Education Complex and will reopen it to the public on Tuesday, Oct. 20. ...

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Oct 16, 2020
Published in Hawaii Fishing
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release
DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR
SUZANNE D. CASE 
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release: October 15, 2020

2020-2021 GAME BIRD HUNTING SEASON OPENS THROUGH JANUARY 2021

(Honolulu) – The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) announces the opening of the 2020-2021 Game Bird Hunting Season on Saturday, November 7, 2020. The fall game bird hunting season will run through Sunday, January 31, 2021.  To comply with federal mandates, including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and to meet current state regulations, the last day for hunting mourning dove will be January 17, 2021. A valid hunting license and a game bird stamp are required for all game bird hunting on public and private lands.

Detailed information on hunting units on each islands, open days and other instructions can be found on the DOFAW website under “Hunting Announcements”.

PRIVATELY OWNED LANDS are open to game bird hunting on weekends, State holidays and Wednesdays – Thursdays for Units A, G, PTA and private lands during the regular game bird season which is November 7, 2020 through January 31, 2021, with landowner permission and in accordance with HAR Chapter 13-122.

FOR ALL AREAS STATEWIDE:

All game bird hunters should be familiar with Hawai’i Administrative Rules (HAR) Title 13, Chapter 122 “Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting.”

Hunters will be required to check in and out at established hunter check stations. First obtain permission from landowners when seeking to hunt on private land.

PLEASE PREVENT WILDFIRES BY NOT PARKING OR DRIVING IN TALL GRASS OR BRUSH!  Report fires to 911.

Support wildlife conservation: Report game law violators to the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement by calling 643-DLNR (-3567) or download the Hawaii Division of Conservation and Resource Tip application-go to: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/docare/ . Further information may be obtained by contacting Division of Forestry & Wildlife offices at the following phone numbers: Kaua‘i: 274-3433; O‘ahu: 587-0166; Maui: 984-8100; Molokaʻi: 553-1745; Lana‘i:  565-7916; Hilo: 974-4221; Kamuela: 887-6063.

To purchase your hunting license or game bird stamp please go to: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/hunting/.

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Hunting Announcements: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/hunting/hunting-announcements/

Administrative rules for all legal hunting days: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dofaw/rules/

Media Contact:

AJ McWhorter
Communications Specialist
Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
808-587-0396 (Communications Office)

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Oct 15, 2020
Published in North Carolina Fishing
The Thursday, October 22, 2020 Commission Meeting Notice is available for download at the link below. October 22, 2020 Commission Meeting Notice  (PDF).   For more information about ...

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Oct 15, 2020
Published in North Carolina Fishing
MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are developing Amendment 2 to the N.C. Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan. The Division of ...

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