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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...
  • December 31, 2013
    The 2013 season was another very busy one. One brand new tournament took place this year — the First Annual Molokai Master's Fishing Tournament, with a Barbless Challenge. We welcome the tournament into the family and look forward to being invited over for many more. Another new partner is the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai. The facility is open to the public for fishing and the use of barbless circle hooks is encouraged because of the presence of numerous monk seals and green sea turtles. More...
  • December 28, 2012
    This year the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) Barbless Circle Hook (BCH) project was busier than ever with more outreach and tournaments. There were 3 new keiki tournaments and 6 new "Barbless Circle Hook Challenges". All in all, the project had outreach at 16 tournaments this year covering 5 different islands. More...
  • December 28, 2012

    Barbless works!

    The fact that barbless circle hook shed easily has been on record now since 2007. Each year, an average of 5-10 seals show up with a barbed circle hook in some part of their body. The undeniable "proof" that the barbless circle hooks could easily self-shed originates from this 2007 Big Island incident which was documented by NOAA researchers: More...

  • December 28, 2012
    This year was one of increased activity which kept things busy throughout the year. There were 13 tournaments that featured the Barbless Circle Hook Challenge. The majority of these tournaments are regular supporters who decided to add the barbless challenge. There were also 6 new tournaments that joined us in 2012 and included barbless for the first time. We would like to welcome aboard the 15th Annual KMart, the 16th Annual P&R Ohana, the 2nd Annual Oahu Transit Services, the Kakaako Invitational O'io, the 3rd Annual Grace Bible, and the 1st Annual Mililani Middle School tournaments to the existing 7 tournaments that have featured the challenge for years. More...