WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Oahu anglers are speaking out against the state's fishing ban in Waikiki that takes place every other year. Some say the area is all fished out and it's only been one month since the ban was lifted.
"The only stuff you're seeing today is the small butterfly fish," said fisherman Jerry Martin.
Martin is concerned about the Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area. Every-odd numbered year, the Department of Land and Natural Resources prevents fishing 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 ban is intended to give fish a chance to repopulate, but many say it's not working.
"The place gets whacked on January 1st then everything is pretty much gone or massively diminished," said Marine Biologist Frazer McGilvray.
McGilvray believes boat and spear fishermen get to all the fish first, leaving shoreline fishermen like Martin with nothing worthy left to catch.
"It shows that the management isn't working in this area and nothing is being done about it," McGilvray said.
Martin agrees the ban isn't properly enforced and is calling for changes to the rule.
"They should just go ahead just ban it and leave it in place and not let anybody fish here because that's the only way the fish population is going to come back," Martin said.