Ocean Education Focus of Weekend Events at Maui Boat Ramps
DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers will be at two Maui boat ramps this weekend to help teach ocean users about humpback whales, monk seals, sea turtles, and other marine protected species.
DOCARE officers will be joined by staff from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the US Coast Guard on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27 and 28 from 8 a.m. to noon at both Kīhei and Māla boat ramps.
Officers will also be at these same locations and times on Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, 2016. Officers will be on hand to answer questions on the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, bottom fishing rules and state fishing rules.
“DOCARE and NOAA have a Joint Enforcement Agreement that deputizes state enforcement officers to enforce federal fisheries and protected species laws,” said Tommy Friel, DOCARE Chief.
“This partnership provides federal funding to DOCARE to help increase public awareness and enforcement efforts in areas of mutual responsibility,” he said.