State of Hawaii
Department of Land and Natural Resources
Notice of Receipt of and Invitation for Public Comment on a request by Mamala Bay Seafood to lease state submerged lands as part of Conservation District Use Application (CDUA) OA-3719 for the purposes of a moi mariculture facility in the Reef Runway Borrow Pit, Keehi Lagoon, Honolulu, Oahu, TMK (1) 1-1-003:005
Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 190D, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) invites public comment on the above captioned request.
Furthermore, pursuant to Section 190D-11(b), the Department includes the following information related to the above application:
1. The state marine waters for which the application has been made.
A 45-year lease is being sought for 75 acres in the Reef Runway Borrow Pit, a dredged area that is bounded on the mauka side by the Reef Runway, on the makai side by a fringing reef. The western part of the pit is bounded by an extension of the reef flat, while the eastern part opens into the Kalihi Channel.
2. The nature of the exclusive use sought.
The applicant desires that access by the public to the farm site be controlled and public use of the entire site be restricted. It is requested that no transit or anchoring of any boat or water craft, and no fishing, snorkeling, or SCUBA diving be allowed in the leased area. The applicant will designate a 100-foot wide transit corridor along the inner and outer boundaries of the site to allow public access to the outer reef seaward of the Borrow Pit and to allow the Airport Division access to the Reef Runway.
3. The purpose for which the application has been made.
The applicant proposes to culture moi (Polydactylus sexfilis) in a facility that will consist of an anchored grid of ten submerged Aqualine cages covered by Dyneema netting. At full build-out the cages will have an enclosed volume of approximately 264,860 cubic feet (6052 m3). The mooring system connecting the cages will be anchored by 28 Danforth anchors. A 72-foot feed barge will also be moored on the site. Stocking, feeding, harvesting, and maintenance will be carried out by surface work boats with occasional SCUBA diver assistance.
Copies of the application, the associated management plan, and the environmental assessment are available online at dlnr.hawaii.gov/occl, and for inspection at the DLNR’s Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands, 1151 Punchbowl, Room 131, Honolulu, HI, 96813
Written comments should be sent to the Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands at the above address. Comments should be postmarked by Monday, December 8, 2014.
WILLIAM J. AILA, Chairperson
BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
(SA686764 11/7, 11/8, 11/9/14)~