Actually, not a rumor but I do have a clarification from a friend:fishyfishy wrote:Actually Brian, I was just making an analogy, I did'nt actually here of this being a problem....I hope what you heard was just rumor. You guys may want to check with Oahu DOCARE to clarify this....one thing bad about rules and enforcement issues is rumors, we need facts if possible. Please check on this.
When the new Bottom Fish Restricted Areas (BFRAs) were created, it included language that would make possession of certain gear types illegal in those areas. Just so happen net was one of them. As you know Kona Crab nets are considered nets.
This issue was called to DLNR's attention during the comment period prior to the law being approved. They did want to delay the rule any further so the comment was "we "DAR" can easily fix that after the rule is passed". So instead of making the changes prior to the rule being approved "they" left it in.
So till this day Kona Crab "nets" are not allowed in or transiting through the BFRA's. Needless to say the rule has not been changed so fishermen are again stuck with rules that don't make sense. With the old BFRA's this issue was not too critical, since they were in smaller and in deeper waters.
But now that the "NEW" BFRA's will be larger and closer to shore, it will affect certain Kona Crab grounds. The BFRA's extending from shallow out to 3 miles was DLNR's idea. (MPA's) give me a break many of those deepwater bottomfish don't even come close to shallower water, with the exception of the juvenile paka's that come into some shallow (120') sandy baron areas, like just outside of Kaneohe Bay.
Here again it is a matter of definition and or wording.