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The West Hawai'i Fisheries Council Case Study Report

The West Hawai‘i Fisheries Council (WHFC) is a community group on the island of Hawai‘i that involves citizens in the management of local marine resources. The WHFC was formed in 1998 partly due to community concerns over the collecting of tropical reef fish for aquarium use. In tandem with the formation of the group was the passing of Act 306. The Act was an important piece of legislation that required substantive community involvement to achieve four main tasks: setting aside a minimum of 30 percent of the West Hawai‘i coastal area where no aquarium fish collecting could take place, creating a day-use mooring system, establishing portions of existing Fisheries Replenishment Areas (FRAs) as no-take FRAs, and setting portions of FRAs where use of lay gill nets would be prohibited. The Act also gave the Department of Land and Natural Resources “expanded rule-making authority to separate incompatible uses,” empowering the agency to address and solve conflicts relating to use of marine resources.
The West Hawai'i Fisheries Council Case Study Report
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Publication Date
January 2008