KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A proposed 10-year moratorium on harvesting fish along 3.6 miles of west Hawaii coastline is moving forward with the goal of helping populations recover.
West Hawaii Today reports (http://bit.ly/1XGWMQe) land and natural resources officials approved a marine reserve at Kaupulehu protecting fish, reef structure, coral and algae from removal up to 120 feet deep.
The plan has specific exceptions, and requires the attorney general's approval and the governor's signature.
Petitions and comments were mostly supportive.
Opponents worry about access and whether the moratorium is necessary.
People have been in a years-long push to create the reserve.
Supporters say the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and Queen Kaahumanu Highway opened access and led to the exploitation of reef in the area.
A plan for subsistence fishery management is also in the works.
Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com