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Fishing ban in Waikiki area lifted

The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area. Courtesy: DLNR The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area. Courtesy: DLNR
Fishermen in Waikiki taking advantage of the lifted ban. Fishermen in Waikiki taking advantage of the lifted ban.

Fishermen near Waikiki are excited because a ban preventing fishing in the Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management areas was lifted on Friday.

The state prevents fishing in the area every odd-numbered year to give the fish a chance to repopulate.

Fishermen say that even though there's a ban, it's good for the reefs and are excited to start fishing 

"Every even year, like we have now today it gives us fishermen just to hang out and have a good hobby just a good diving session to provide for our family," fisherman John Robles said. "I mean the cost of living in Hawaii is already expensive. We just do it to put food on the table. We don't take too much to where we overfish.

The area extends from the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium to the Diamond Head Lighthouse and 500 yards out from the shore or to the end of the fringing reef if one occurs beyond 500 yards.

The only that's off limits is the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District behind the Waikiki Aquarium.

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