DLNR: Please don’t feed the seals

Hawaiian monk seal R405 rests with her pup in late April. (Lauren Van Heukelem © The Marine Mammal Center/Special to West Hawaii Today)

The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources has concerns about a recent increase in harmful interactions between fishers and Hawaiian monk seals. For example, thus far this year, 24 monk seal hookings have been reported on Oahu — a substantial increase compared to recent years.