WAIMANALO (KHNL) -- The Oceanic Institute received a $500,000 grant from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation to fund a five-year study on an assessment of lay-gillnet regulations in Hawaii.
Surveys of fish populations will be conducted in two areas on Windward Oahu: Kailua Bay, where lay-gillnets have been banned together and Waimanalo Bay, where the use of lay-gillnets is restricted but nets are still allowed.
Researchers will measure the abundance of fish in both areas over a five-year period to determine if the ban on lay-gillnets in the Kailua area is effectively perserving the fish populations.
"Most marine scientists and resource manager believe that the relatively unrestricted use of lay-gillnets in Hawaii is having a major impact on the sustainability of our near shore fisheries resources," said Bruce Anderson, Ph.D., Oceanic Institute President.
Oceanic Institute has been conducting beach seines in Kailua and Waimanalo for more than a decade to evaulate the effectiveness of fish stock enhancement efforts.
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