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What is pono?

In Hawaii, pono is an overarching principle that (essentially) means to do what is right or proper. To lawaiʻa pono (fish righteously) means supporting the sustainable balance between humans and our environment. By adopting Pono Fishing Practices, you too can help replenish and maintain Maui’s local fish populations.

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Take only what you need

Overfishing is the #1 cause of fish declines on Maui. To address overfishing, we must practice restraint.

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Adopt traditional practices

Traditional Hawaiian fishing principles centered on respect, observation and an intimate relationship with the ocean and its resources.

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Avoid harvesting in spawning seasons

Allowing fish to reproduce ensures that the populations can naturally replenish.

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Observe resting periods

Resting periods give fish populations time to recover.

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Spread knowledge

It is critical to share your knowledge with others. Education is the key to a sustainable future.

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Utilize proper & legal gear

Certain gear (like lay nets) have been outlawed on the island of Maui because of their detrimental impacts to fish and coral reefs.

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Recycle your fishing line

If improperly discarded, fishing lines can entangle fish, birds, turtles and reefs. Recycle your line at your local fishing supply store or at the Fishing Line Recycling Bin in Kahului Harbor.

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Adhere to local regulations

Fishing regulations – including size limits, bag limits and closed areas, have been developed to minimize overfishing and help restore healthy fish populations.

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Report illegal fishing

If you observe poaching or other illegal fishing practices, alert authorities by calling 808-643-3567.

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