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Manager's Corner

  • December 7, 2015
    For the last decade, the Barbless Circle Hook Project has worked to increase the awareness and use of barbless circle hooks among Hawaiʻi's shoreline fishermen. Read about how this unique project got off the ground and what it takes to convince fishermen to use the hooks, as well as the man who makes it all possible. More...
  • December 31, 2013
    The Barbless Circle Hook Project had another busy year with lots of tournaments and "barbless challenges". The project has continued to support keiki events on Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, and Lanai. The adult events also spanned across the island chain doing outreach on all of the major islands. We have added one new tournament this year — the Lolly Agliam Molokai Master's Fishing Tournament. More...

Kids' Outreach Events

  • July 20, 2013
    The New Hope Hawaii Kai 3rd Annual Keiki Fishing Tournament was hosted by Mike Kim - the church's self-proclaimed "Fishing Minister". This year 136 keiki and their parents were treated to a morning of fun and fishing using bamboo poles armed with barbless hooks. More...
  • June 29, 2013
    This family-style keiki tournament held on Molokai was a great opportunity to support a good cause while doing a lot of barbless outreach to increase awareness of community responsibility with respect to protected species. The kids are our future and getting to them early is the key. The event was very successful as it was centrally held at the only harbor on the island just adjacent to the town. More...

Other Outreach Events

  • June 2, 2013
    The Friends of Roland Galacgac Benefit Tournament went off without a hitch. Roland is the President of the Atlapac Fishing Club. This tournament was a fundraiser to help offset his mounting medical expenses. More...
  • June 1, 2013
    The Friends of Kewalos held their annual Kewalo Basin beach cleanup and fundraising activity. More than 300 hardworking people showed up to give back to their beloved park. More...

Research News

  • December 31, 2013
    Mahalo to everyone who contributed and participated in the Oʻio tagging project over the years! Between 2008 and 2013, 1660 fish were tagged and 7 were recaptured in 2013. Our volunteers have increased to 590 fishermen and we are still growing on a weekly basis. We have been receiving more tagging reports from Molokai, Lanai and Maui as well. More...
  • December 31, 2013
    Approximately 150-200 Hawaiian monk seals inhabit the main Hawaiian Islands, and monk seals have been documented inter-acting with several fisheries, including set nets, traps, spearfishing, and shoreline fishing. Approximately 10 seals become accidentally hooked by shore-fishing gear every year in Hawaii. More...

Tournament Activities

  • August 18, 2013
    The Big Island Department of Parks and Recreation 17th Annual Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament held its weigh-in at the Honokaa gym. The official number of participants was reported as > 400 anglers, from keiki to kupunas. More...
  • August 11, 2013
    The First Annual Molokai Masters Ulua Tournament weigh-in was held this year to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the passing of one of Molokai's master ulua fisherman, Lolly Agliam. Lolly is a member of the Hawaii Fishing News 100 Plus Club, catching his 135-lb ulua on February 4, 1977. More...