LAHAINA - Results of a study on fishing pressure in the Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area will be presented as part of an informational meeting Tuesday to provide the community with an overview of ongoing efforts at the protected site.
The meeting hosted by Ka'anapali Makai Watch will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lahaina Civic Center.
"Now that our community-based fishing effort study is completed, we have a baseline understanding of the fishing pressure within the KHFMA and compliance with regulations," said Ka'anapali Makai Watch Co-coordinator Luna Kekoa, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration coral fellow.
Kekoa and co-coordinators Darla White of the state Division of Aquatic Resources and Liz Foote of The Coral Reef Alliance will lead the meeting.
The gathering also will include an overview of the science behind the management area's establishment three years ago and a hands-on demonstration of fishing gear types, along with an examination of what is permitted and prohibited in the area. A new online reporting tool also will be shared in order to capture community observations and incidents that may be reported to the Ka'anapali Makai Watch coordinators and state Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) when appropriate.
Volunteer opportunities, including in-water fish surveys and on-site education and outreach, will be described.
Maui DOCARE representatives have been invited to the meeting. Refreshments will be served.
Ka'anapali Makai Watch also is hosting its third annual Birthday Bash on July 28 at Kahekili Beach Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include a potluck and culinary contest and also will benefit the Maui Food Bank and the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center in Lahaina.