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.