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DLNR conducts “talk story’ sessions at Mala ramps to educate ocean users about rules for marine protected species

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To help educate Maui’s ocean users about rules and conduct toward humpback whales, monk seals, sea turtles, and other marine protected species, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers will be at both Kihei and Mala boat ramps this weekend, on March 4 and 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

DOCARE officers will be joined by staff from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States Coast Guard. Officers will also be able to answer questions on the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, bottom fishing rules and state fishing rules.

Robert Farrell, DOCARE Enforcement Chief, explains, “DOCARE and NOAA have a joint enforcement agreement that deputizes state enforcement officers to enforce federal fisheries and protected species laws. This partnership provides federal funding to DOCARE to help increase public awareness and enforcement efforts in areas of mutual responsibility.”

For more information, please contact the Maui Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement at (808) 873-3990

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