The state of Hawaii wants to triple by cost of commercial marine license fees by 2018.
The $50 fee would immediately jump to $100, then would increase to $150 on Jan. 1, 2018.
"Commercial license fees haven’t increased in nearly 20 years, so we’re updating the fee schedule to reflect our current needs," said Bruce Anderson, administrator of the state's Division of Aquatic Resources. “The increased revenues will fund badly needed improvements to online reporting and licensing web sites, to better serve the fishing public.”
The state is also proposing changes that would affect dealers who buy marine life directly from commercial fishers.
Want to weigh in? A series of meetings have been scheduled for the public:
Molokai: Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Pau‘ole Center Conference Room
Oahu: Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. in the Stevenson Middle School Cafeteria
Lanai: Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lanai High/Elementary School cafeteria
Hilo: Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hawaii County Aupuni Center Conference Room
Kona: Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Honokohau Harbor Big Game Fishing Clubhouse
Maui: Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Maui Waena School Cafeteria
Kauai: Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School cafeteria
Kauai: Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. at Kapaa Elementary School
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