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Proposed Maui, Lanai fishing rules draw criticism

KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) - Proposed limits for Maui and Lanai fisheries on popular nearshore fish are drawing criticism from those who argue the rules would disrupt Native Hawaiian cultural traditions.

A community meeting organized by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to explain the proposals drew about 100 people Wednesday at Maui Waena Intermediate School.

The Maui News reports residents expressed concern about the proposed rule changes, which include bag and size limits for fish including goatfish, parrotfish and jacks.

Russell Sparks, a DLNR aquatic biologist, says there's a need to better manage fish resources and that there's concern about perceived overharvesting.

Paia resident Patrick Borge says he's a lifelong fisherman and suggests the state look at other ways to manage fish resources.

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