Shoreline fishers, divers and spear fishers were out in force at the beginning of 2012 with the Department of Land and Natural Resources permitting fishing along the Waikiki, Diamond Head shoreline for year.
The area open for fishing stretches from the west wall of the Natatorium to the Diamond Head lighthouse, from the shore to 500 yeard off shore, or the edge of the reef.
In a statement released by DLNR, chairman William J. Aila, Jr stated that although the area will be a popular spot for fisherman, that sharing the water is key.?The fishing public is reminded that non-fishers frequent and use the area, too. We urge them to use caution while fishing, to keep swimmers, surfers and others safe also.
He added that the nearshore area has been managed for public fishing since 1978
Fishing is not permitted east of the Natatorium wall to the Kapahulu seawall.
Permitted fishing methods include pole-and-line, thrownet, spear and hand harvest.
DLNR officers are patrolling the area to make sure fisherman comply with these regulations.
Anyone who violates them faces midemeanor charges.