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Notice #: 05521381
Public Hearings

Department of Agriculture
Proposed Administrative Rules for the
Aquaculture Development Special Fund

Pursuant to Chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), notice is hereby given that the Hawaii Department of Agriculture will hold public hearings to receive testimony on proposed administrative rules and fees for aquaculture services, chapter 4-11, Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), entitled “Aquaculture Development Special Fund.” Chapter 4-11, HAR, is being proposed to establish a schedule of fees for aquaculture services from the Aquaculture Development Program of the Department of Agriculture.

Chapter 4-11, HAR is being established to provide a fee schedule for recovery of a portion of the costs of providing diagnostic and disease management support to Hawaii’s emerging aquaculture industry, including fees for certain non-routine staff activities requested by out-of-state entities, for testing to render a diagnosis and recommend a treatment, and for issuing health certificates. Fees may be waived in a situation where payment would impose hardship. Briefly the fees are as follows:

A. Diagnostic Services

Microbiology $10.00 per isolate
Dot blot test $5.00 per test
Histochemistry $5.00 per test
PCR test $55.00 per vial
Histopathology $7.00 per slide
Necropsy $4.00 per slide
Water Quality $4.00 per sample

B. Health Certificates

Export $50.00 per certificate

C. Fee Non-Routine Services

Staff time $30.00 per hour

Additional fees may be charged for travel and transportation costs, staff time, and other direct expenses incurred by the program in collecting, analyzing and reporting information for a case.

The schedule of public hearings on the proposed rules is as follows:

March 21, 2006, at 2:30 pm
Kona Civic Center Conference Room
82-6130 Mamalahoa Highway, Building 2
Captain Cook, Hawaii

March 23, 2006, at 2:30 pm
Department of Agriculture,
Plant Quarantine Conference Room
1849 Auiki Street
Honolulu, Oahu

March 24, 2006, at 2:30 pm
Department of Agriculture Conference Room
4398A Pua Loke Street
Lihue, Kauai

March 28, 2006, at 2:30 pm
Department of Agriculture Conference Room
75 Aupuni Street, Conference Room C
Hilo, Hawaii

March 30, 2006, at 2:30 pm
Department of Agriculture Conference Room
635 Mua Street
Kahului, Maui

Copies of the proposed rules may be reviewed either by accessing the Department’s website at, or in person at the following Department of Agriculture office, during the hours of 7:45 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, March 1-31, 2006:

Oahu Aquaculture Development Program
1177 Alakea Street, Room 400
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: 587-0030

Copies of the proposed rules may also be obtained at the above office by paying a fee for photocopying or may be sent by mail upon receipt of a fee for photocopying and postage. From the Neighbor Islands, call toll-free by dialing: Hawaii (974-4000) / Maui (984-2400) / Kauai (274-3141) / Molokai and Lanai (1-800-468-4644). Ask for Extension 70030 when you get the State Operator.

All interested parties are urged to attend the hearings and submit testimony orally or in writing. Written testimony will be accepted until March 31, 2006 at the Department of Agriculture, 1428 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814-2512 or via e-mail to HDOA.BOARD.TESTIMONY@HAWAII.GOV. Please include the word “testimony” and the subject matter when submitting written testimony. Those persons presenting oral testimony at the public hearing are asked to register prior to the convening of the hearing with staff.

Special accommodations, such as sign language interpretation, large printing, taped materials, accessible parking, can be provided if requested at least seven working days prior to the hearing. This request may be made in writing to the Aquaculture Development Program or by calling (808) 587-0030.

State of Hawaii
(SB05521381 2/15/06)