AQ Catch Report Data Request

Request to:
Department of Land & Natural Resources
Law used:
State of Hawaii UIPA
Status of this request:
Request Successful
Summary of Request
Aquarium catch reports for April and May 2018, for Oahu, West Hawaii and State (including East Hawaii and Kauai); number of licensees; no. kept; no. sold; value.

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From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: AQ Catch Report Data Request [#111]
Date June 9, 2018, 10:16 a.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources
Status Awaiting response
Attachments

Aloha, Pursuant to the public records law, I would like to request the following records in electronic format sent to my email address.
Aquarium catch reports for April and May 2018, for Oahu, West Hawaii and State (including East Hawaii and Kauai); number of licensees; no. kept; no. sold; value.
[... Show complete request text] Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
  1. 1 year, 4 months agoJune 9, 2018, 10:16 a.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: AQ Catch Report Data Request [#111]
Date July 14, 2018, 9:02 a.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Aloha, My UIPA request "AQ Catch Report Data Request" (06/09/2018) was not answered in the time defined by HAR 2-71-13. Please update me on the status of my request as soon as possible. Mahalo,
  1. 1 year, 3 months agoJuly 14, 2018, 9:02 a.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: AQ Catch Report Data Request [#111]
Date July 25, 2018, 3:49 p.m.
Status Awaiting response

Hi Rene, I got your message but want to share this with you first before calling back. Here is what we have for April 2018 commercial Aquarium harvest summaries: Area No. collectors reporting No. kept No. sold Value East Hawaii 5 5,710 5,710 $43,040 Oahu 17 3,736 3,689 $21,361 We are still working with WPacFIN to replace the FoxPro database to input and process aquarium reports. So May and June reports have not been processed. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Saturday, July 14, 2018 9:02 AM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: AQ Catch Report Data Request [#111] Aloha, My UIPA request "AQ Catch Report Data Request" (06/09/2018) was not answered in the time defined by HAR 2-71-13. Please update me on the status of my request as soon as possible. Mahalo,
  1. 1 year, 2 months agoJuly 25, 2018, 3:49 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: AQ Catch Report Data Request [#111]
Date July 25, 2018, 5:06 p.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Hi Bin, Thanks for the April info, but it excluded the State total. Since Bruce Anderson provided this to media in March, we know it's ok to be release and expect you to release it to us. Can you please update the data to include the the total for the state. For the sake of saving time, I'm fine for May and June totals for the state right now. And receive the breakdowns later this month. Also would like to know how many sea cucumbers have been reported since November 2017. Mahalo, Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 2 months agoJuly 25, 2018, 5:06 p.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: AQ Catch Report Data Request [#111]
Date July 27, 2018, 4:23 p.m.
Status Request resolved
Attachments

Hi Rene, I see what you're saying and am sharing with you these statewide numbers that include May and June. Let me know if you have any questions. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 5:07 PM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: AQ Catch Report Data Request [#111] Hi Bin, Thanks for the April info, but it excluded the State total. Since Bruce Anderson provided this to media in March, we know it's ok to be release and expect you to release it to us. Can you please update the data to include the the total for the state. For the sake of saving time, I'm fine for May and June totals for the state right now. And receive the breakdowns later this month. Also would like to know how many sea cucumbers have been reported since November 2017. Mahalo, Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 2 months agoJuly 27, 2018, 4:23 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: AQ Catch Report Data Request [#111]
Date July 27, 2018, 4:47 p.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Mahalo Bin, So I'm sure I'm getting this right.. by reporting statewide numbers, April's take increased by 23,000 animals/taken by one person not reporting from East Hawaii or Oahu? That's a lot!!! ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 2 months agoJuly 27, 2018, 4:47 p.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: AQ Catch Report Data Request [#111]
Date July 31, 2018, 9:51 a.m.

Hi Rene, The reason was simply because of one fisherman reporting harvests of opae ula in those months that skew the data. The statewide numbers lump all of the figures together and my cause some confusion understandably. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Friday, July 27, 2018 4:47 PM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: AQ Catch Report Data Request [#111] Mahalo Bin, So I'm sure I'm getting this right.. by reporting statewide numbers, April's take increased by 23,000 animals/taken by one person not reporting from East Hawaii or Oahu? That's a lot!!! ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 2 months agoJuly 31, 2018, 9:51 a.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: AQ Catch Report Data Request [#111]
Date July 31, 2018, 11:24 a.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Thanks Bin, I figured it was the opae ula. In the future, please exclude opae ula from all of our requests. I'm still needing the sea cucumber take since November, if able to provide that. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 2 months agoJuly 31, 2018, 11:24 a.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: AQ Catch Report Data Request [#111]
Date Aug. 1, 2018, 2:54 p.m.
Attachments

Hi Rene, We'll exclude the opae ula from now on in our response to you. Here is the sea cucumber figures you asked for. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 11:24 AM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: RE: Records Request for Department of Land & Natural Resources: AQ Catch Report Data Request [#111] Thanks Bin, I figured it was the opae ula. In the future, please exclude opae ula from all of our requests. I'm still needing the sea cucumber take since November, if able to provide that. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 2 months agoAug. 1, 2018, 2:54 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject DAR communication with Stantec
Date Aug. 16, 2018, 11:47 a.m.

Aloha Rene, I know that back in March you requested DAR's communication record with Stantec. Just want to make sure if you've got the response from DAR on that request. If not, please let me know. Mahalo! Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
  1. 1 year, 1 month agoAug. 16, 2018, 11:47 a.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Aug. 17, 2018, 5:44 a.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Hi Bin, I'll fix the status on this request. It wasn't filled completely, but we're beyond that for now. Thanks for checking. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 1 month agoAug. 17, 2018, 5:44 a.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Aug. 20, 2018, 1:47 p.m.

Thank you, Rene. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Friday, August 17, 2018 5:45 AM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: DAR communication with Stantec [#111] Hi Bin, I'll fix the status on this request. It wasn't filled completely, but we're beyond that for now. Thanks for checking. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year, 1 month agoAug. 20, 2018, 1:47 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Sept. 20, 2018, 10:42 a.m.

Aloha Rene, We were alerted by the Civil Beat that there are some outstanding UIPA requests among those you made to us in the past year. Please see the following link. After we checked on each of those, we believe that they should've been processed already. Please go over them from your side and let us know if any of them are still pending our response. If so, we'll promptly take action. If not, please inform the Civil Beat to close the posting. Thank you for your cooperation. https://uipa.org/entity/department-of... Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Friday, August 17, 2018 5:45 AM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: DAR communication with Stantec [#111] Hi Bin, I'll fix the status on this request. It wasn't filled completely, but we're beyond that for now. Thanks for checking. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year agoSept. 20, 2018, 10:42 a.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Sept. 20, 2018, 12:13 p.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Hi Bin, I just realized that there are some specific documents that I requested that were not provided (I had it under my PIJAC request, so didn't catch it when you asked last month about outstanding Stantec docs). Can you please follow up with DAR on this request? 1) DAR. 2018a. Permit, value, level of effort, and catch data from 1976-2017 provided by DAR per preparers request in reference to this report. 2) DAR. 2018b. 2017 summary statistics on the Yellow Tang, goldring surgeonfish, and Achilles Tang. 3pp. 3) DAR. 2018c. Impact of Commercial Aquarium Collecting on West Hawai’i Coral Cover. DAR Report. 4pp. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year agoSept. 20, 2018, 12:13 p.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Sept. 20, 2018, 12:20 p.m.

Hi Rene, Thank you for checking on those requests. It's possible that some of them were either omitted somewhere or handled in a way that may not give you the direct answer as we may not have the data to the point. Some analysis may be needed to get there. Now if you can put up a list of the questionable items and send to me and Reginald, we can take a further look and see if we can do something. Thank you so much. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2018 12:14 PM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111] Hi Bin, I just realized that there are some specific documents that I requested that were not provided (I had it under my PIJAC request, so didn't catch it when you asked last month about outstanding Stantec docs). Can you please follow up with DAR on this request? 1) DAR. 2018a. Permit, value, level of effort, and catch data from 1976-2017 provided by DAR per preparers request in reference to this report. 2) DAR. 2018b. 2017 summary statistics on the Yellow Tang, goldring surgeonfish, and Achilles Tang. 3pp. 3) DAR. 2018c. Impact of Commercial Aquarium Collecting on West Hawai’i Coral Cover. DAR Report. 4pp. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year agoSept. 20, 2018, 12:20 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Oct. 11, 2018, 10:06 a.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Hi Bin and Reginald, Per your request, and so you have it in one place, here is my list that combines all the outstanding requests, to date: 1) Cited by Stantec/PIJAC in Hawaii Island EISPN (pg. 114, Literature Cited) • “DAR. 2018a. Permit, value, level of effort, and catch data from 1976-2017 provided by DAR per preparers request in reference to this report” • “DAR. 2018b. 2017 summary statistics on the Yellow Tang, goldring surgeonfish, and Achilles Tang. 3pp.” • “DAR. 2018c. Impact of Commercial Aquarium Collecting on West Hawai’i Coral Cover. DAR Report. 4pp.” 2) Aquarium fish catch reports for April 2018 – September 2018 for each island, and statewide total including number of licensees; no. kept; no. sold; value. 3) Aquarium invertebrate catch reports for April 2018 – September 2018 for each island, and statewide total including number of licensees; no. kept; no. sold; value. Excluding opae ula. 4) Aquarium Dealer Reports January - May 2018, by island. (This was the original June request, please extend to September). 5) Aquarium catch methods, as reported in the Aquarium Fish Trip Reports, including % Time Barrier Net; % Time Hand net; % Time Hand; Net Length; % "Other"; "Other' Method description, as follows: • For September - December 2017; and, • for January - May 2018 In addition, please provide a description for what is meant by "hand net", and if it is the same as the definition for "hand net" in HAR 13-75-1; and if so, please also provide the legal authorization for the exemption. 6) For years 2015 – 2018, aquarium fish catch data that has been previously withheld due to your new interpretation of fisher confidentiality. For each island and zone, the combined total of all fishes (i.e. “All other”), reported by fewer than 3 people per the following example for zone 400 as was provided by DLNR in 2013 and 2014: Area spec_name No. licen-sees1 No. kept No. sold Value 400 All other 5 3,463 3,461 $10,366 1/ number of licensed collectors submitting harvest reports; subzone total is unduplicated count 7) For years 2015 – 2018, aquarium invertebrate catch data that has been previously withheld due to your new interpretation of fisher confidentiality. For each island and zone, the combined total of all invertebrates (i.e. “All other”), reported by fewer than 3 people per the above example for zone 400 as was provided by DLNR in 2013 and 2014 ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 1 year agoOct. 11, 2018, 10:06 a.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Nov. 27, 2018, 12:15 p.m.
Attachments

Hi Rene, Attached are tables prepared by DAR to comply with items 2, 3, 4, 5 (partial), 6 and 7. Please refer to Stantec for item 1. For Item 5, a clarification is sought for defining hand net method. I'll provide you with a brief explanation for this method in separate email. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:06 AM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111] Hi Bin and Reginald, Per your request, and so you have it in one place, here is my list that combines all the outstanding requests, to date: 1) Cited by Stantec/PIJAC in Hawaii Island EISPN (pg. 114, Literature Cited) • “DAR. 2018a. Permit, value, level of effort, and catch data from 1976-2017 provided by DAR per preparers request in reference to this report” • “DAR. 2018b. 2017 summary statistics on the Yellow Tang, goldring surgeonfish, and Achilles Tang. 3pp.” • “DAR. 2018c. Impact of Commercial Aquarium Collecting on West Hawai’i Coral Cover. DAR Report. 4pp.” 2) Aquarium fish catch reports for April 2018 – September 2018 for each island, and statewide total including number of licensees; no. kept; no. sold; value. 3) Aquarium invertebrate catch reports for April 2018 – September 2018 for each island, and statewide total including number of licensees; no. kept; no. sold; value. Excluding opae ula. 4) Aquarium Dealer Reports January - May 2018, by island. (This was the original June request, please extend to September). 5) Aquarium catch methods, as reported in the Aquarium Fish Trip Reports, including % Time Barrier Net; % Time Hand net; % Time Hand; Net Length; % "Other"; "Other' Method description, as follows: • For September - December 2017; and, • for January - May 2018 In addition, please provide a description for what is meant by "hand net", and if it is the same as the definition for "hand net" in HAR 13-75-1; and if so, please also provide the legal authorization for the exemption. 6) For years 2015 – 2018, aquarium fish catch data that has been previously withheld due to your new interpretation of fisher confidentiality. For each island and zone, the combined total of all fishes (i.e. “All other”), reported by fewer than 3 people per the following example for zone 400 as was provided by DLNR in 2013 and 2014: Area spec_name No. licen-sees1 No. kept No. sold Value 400 All other 5 3,463 3,461 $10,366 1/ number of licensed collectors submitting harvest reports; subzone total is unduplicated count 7) For years 2015 – 2018, aquarium invertebrate catch data that has been previously withheld due to your new interpretation of fisher confidentiality. For each island and zone, the combined total of all invertebrates (i.e. “All other”), reported by fewer than 3 people per the above example for zone 400 as was provided by DLNR in 2013 and 2014 ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 10 months, 3 weeks agoNov. 27, 2018, 12:15 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject FW: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Nov. 27, 2018, 12:16 p.m.

Hi Rene, Please see below for an explanation from Dr. Bill Walsh of DAR Kona. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>> _____________________________________ My understanding of the the ‘hand net’ method of collecting is that hand nets are used exclusively (i.e. without a barrier net). The definition of a hand net is contained in HAR §13-75-1. The legal authority for aquarium collectors to use fine mesh hand nets (mesh smaller than 2” stretched) is contained in HAR §13-75-14 and HRS §188-31. HAR CHAPTER 13-75 RULES REGULATING THE POSSESSION AND USE OF CERTAIN FISHING GEAR §13-75-1 Definitions. As used in this chapter, unless otherwise provided: “Hand net” means a net consisting of a bag of mesh material attached to a frame to hold the bag open, and a handle. The net is small enough to use with one hand by one person. §13-75-14 Nets, generally. It is unlawful for any person to use nets made of or using netting with a stretched mesh of less than two inches, except that: (4) Aquarium fish collectors with a valid aquarium fish permit issued pursuant to section 188-31, HRS, may use traps and nets for aquarium fish and other aquatic life in conformance with the conditions of the permit, provided that non-commercial aquarium fish collectors shall be limited to a combined total of five fish or aquatic life specimens per person per day; HRS §188-31 Permits to take aquatic life for aquarium purposes. (a) Except as prohibited by law, the department, upon receipt of a written application, may issue an aquarium fish permit, not longer than one year in duration, to use fine meshed traps, or fine meshed nets other than throw nets, for the taking of marine or freshwater nongame fish and other aquatic life for aquarium purposes. Hope this helps.
  1. 10 months, 3 weeks agoNov. 27, 2018, 12:16 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject FW: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Nov. 27, 2018, 4:27 p.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Hi Bin, Thanks again to you, Reg and DAR for providing this thorough information. I have a few questions and will send them, item by item. This first one is regarding item 3, invertebrate catch for 2018. In an earlier request, you provided sea cucumber reported catch from 11/2017 to 6/2018, but there are no sea cucumbers reported in this most recent data. Have no sea cucumbers been taken since June 2018, or are they included in the "all others" category for July, Aug, and Sept. 2018? ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 10 months, 3 weeks agoNov. 27, 2018, 4:28 p.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject FW: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Nov. 27, 2018, 5:10 p.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Dear Bin, I do have a question regarding item 5. I appreciate the explanation for the use of hand nets, however I'm not sure it is valid, given that according to HAR 13-75-14 (7) use of hand nets or scoop nets of smaller mesh to take fish or other marine life is allowed for noncommercial purposes only. This is very clear. A number of exceptions are spelled out elsewhere in the section, however, none exist for commercial use of small mesh hand nets. It also raises the question about current use of hand nets. Is DLNR enforcing this rule, or are the commercial collectors being allowed to use small mesh hand nets to capture fish? Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 10 months, 3 weeks agoNov. 27, 2018, 5:10 p.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject FW: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Nov. 28, 2018, 9:35 a.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Hi Bin, Can you please confirm whether any Snowflake eels are included in the 2018 "all other" category? As you know, one of our concerns is regarding poaching. We have evidence and a firsthand account of approx. a dozen Hawaii snowflake morays present at an Oahu wholesaler earlier this year. Would appreciate knowing so we can pursue further, if necessary. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 10 months, 2 weeks agoNov. 28, 2018, 9:35 a.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Dec. 4, 2018, 3:41 p.m.

Hi Rene, In response to UIPA Request#111 for Item#3, there were no sea cucumbers harvested from July 2018 through September 2018. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 4:28 PM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: FW: DAR communication with Stantec [#111] Hi Bin, Thanks again to you, Reg and DAR for providing this thorough information. I have a few questions and will send them, item by item. This first one is regarding item 3, invertebrate catch for 2018. In an earlier request, you provided sea cucumber reported catch from 11/2017 to 6/2018, but there are no sea cucumbers reported in this most recent data. Have no sea cucumbers been taken since June 2018, or are they included in the "all others" category for July, Aug, and Sept. 2018? ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 10 months, 2 weeks agoDec. 4, 2018, 3:41 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Dec. 4, 2018, 3:43 p.m.

Hi Rene, This is to confirm that the Snowflake eels were included in the 'alll other' category for the 2018 aquarium fish catch and dealer report summaries. This is because the number of licensed reporters were less than 3 and were pooled with other finfish species for the same reporting reason. The Snowflake moray eel is not a regulated species. The harvesters had CMLs. None were caught in WHI, and harvesting is permissive on Oahu. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 9:35 AM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: FW: DAR communication with Stantec [#111] Hi Bin, Can you please confirm whether any Snowflake eels are included in the 2018 "all other" category? As you know, one of our concerns is regarding poaching. We have evidence and a firsthand account of approx. a dozen Hawaii snowflake morays present at an Oahu wholesaler earlier this year. Would appreciate knowing so we can pursue further, if necessary. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 10 months, 2 weeks agoDec. 4, 2018, 3:43 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Dec. 14, 2018, 3:44 p.m.

Aloha Rene, Here's DAR's answer to your question below: Commercial collectors are not allowed to use fine-meshed hand nets to collect aquarium fish. However, outside of West Hawaii, aquarium collectors are allowed to use hand nets with 2" mesh or greater to take aquarium fish for commercial purposes. (Within West Hawaii, all commercial and recreational aquarium collection is prohibited, regardless of gear.) The commercial marine license reports don’t distinguish between fine-meshed and legal mesh hand nets. DLNR is enforcing this rule. Anyone using fine meshed hand nets for commercial purposes is in violation of the law. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 5:11 PM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: FW: DAR communication with Stantec [#111] Dear Bin, I do have a question regarding item 5. I appreciate the explanation for the use of hand nets, however I'm not sure it is valid, given that according to HAR 13-75-14 (7) use of hand nets or scoop nets of smaller mesh to take fish or other marine life is allowed for noncommercial purposes only. This is very clear. A number of exceptions are spelled out elsewhere in the section, however, none exist for commercial use of small mesh hand nets. It also raises the question about current use of hand nets. Is DLNR enforcing this rule, or are the commercial collectors being allowed to use small mesh hand nets to capture fish? Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 10 months agoDec. 14, 2018, 3:44 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Jan. 10, 2019, 3:04 p.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Hi Bin, One last sea cucumber question, have any sea cucumbers been reported for Oahu in 2018? I realize my initial question included Nov. 2017, but we need to separate it out. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 9 months, 1 week agoJan. 10, 2019, 3:04 p.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Jan. 15, 2019, 3:58 p.m.

Hi Rene, We found that there were certain aquarium fishermen who reported collection of sea cucumbers for the first six months in 2018. No collection has been reported since July 2018. Hope this is helpful to you. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2019 3:05 PM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111] Hi Bin, One last sea cucumber question, have any sea cucumbers been reported for Oahu in 2018? I realize my initial question included Nov. 2017, but we need to separate it out. ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 9 months agoJan. 15, 2019, 3:58 p.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From Rene Umberger (For the Fishes)
Subject RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Jan. 15, 2019, 4:24 p.m.
To Department of Land & Natural Resources

Yes, Bin, it is helpful only in that it confirms what we suspected -- that DLNR is too underfunded / understaffed to enforce its own rules. We surely hope the legislature remedies this very soon for you! Has DLNR notified CML holders with AQ reporting that sea cucumber take is illegal? If so, can you please provide a copy of the letter? ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 9 months agoJan. 15, 2019, 4:24 p.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) sent a message to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
From DLNR CO UIPA – Department of Land & Natural Resources
Subject RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111]
Date Jan. 17, 2019, 11:02 a.m.
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Hi Rene, I do agree with you DLNR needs more supports. In regard to the sea cucumber take question, yes. On August 20, 2018, DAR sent the following email message to Oahu aquarium collectors: Dear Oahu Commercial Aquarium Collector, Please be advised, the harvesting of sea cucumber for commercial aquarium purposes under Hawaii Administrative Rules §13-86 on Sea Cucumber Management is prohibited. Please see the PDF attachment for the official notice. Bin C. Li Administrative Proceedings Coordinator Department of Land & Natural Resources 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Tel 808-587-1496, Fax 808-587-0390 <<email address>>
-----Original Message----- From: Rene Umberger <<email address>> Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 4:24 PM To: DLNR CO UIPA < <name and email address> > Subject: RE: DAR communication with Stantec [#111] Yes, Bin, it is helpful only in that it confirms what we suspected -- that DLNR is too underfunded / understaffed to enforce its own rules. We surely hope the legislature remedies this very soon for you! Has DLNR notified CML holders with AQ reporting that sea cucumber take is illegal? If so, can you please provide a copy of the letter? ... Sincerely yours Rene Umberger
  1. 9 months agoJan. 17, 2019, 11:02 a.m.: Received an email from Department of Land & Natural Resources.
  2. 8 months, 2 weeks agoJan. 29, 2019, 7:44 a.m.: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) set status to 'Request Successful'.
  3. 3 months, 3 weeks agoJune 26, 2019, midnight: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) made the request 'AQ Catch Report Data Request' public.
  4. 3 months, 3 weeks agoJune 26, 2019, midnight: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) published an attachment on request AQ Catch Report Data Request.
  5. 3 months, 3 weeks agoJune 26, 2019, midnight: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) published an attachment on request AQ Catch Report Data Request.
  6. 3 months, 3 weeks agoJune 26, 2019, midnight: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) published an attachment on request AQ Catch Report Data Request.
  7. 3 months, 3 weeks agoJune 26, 2019, midnight: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) published an attachment on request AQ Catch Report Data Request.
  8. 3 months, 3 weeks agoJune 26, 2019, midnight: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) published an attachment on request AQ Catch Report Data Request.
  9. 3 months, 3 weeks agoJune 26, 2019, midnight: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) published an attachment on request AQ Catch Report Data Request.
  10. 3 months, 3 weeks agoJune 26, 2019, midnight: Rene Umberger (For the Fishes) published an attachment on request AQ Catch Report Data Request.