ELP would like to welcome Anna Ishikawa Fernandez as the new DOCARE Legal Fellow! DOCARE is the Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement within the Department of Land and Natural Resources. DOCARE is responsible for enforcing all of the state’s laws and regulations that protect Hawaii’s natural, cultural, and historic resources. DOCARE’s jurisdiction ranges from the tip of the mountains to three miles out to sea for the eight main Hawaiian islands and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Approximately 1.3 million acres of State lands and 3 million acres of ocean and coastal water, as well as 750 miles of coastline. There are DOCARE branch offices on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i, and the Big Island. Each island presents it own unique enforcement challenges.
The DOCARE Legal Fellowship is a newly created 16-month position, which commenced on August 1, 2013. Under the direction of DOCARE Administrator Randy Awo, Anna’s tasks include: working on bridging the gap with the Prosecuting Attorneys department through case tracking, working on starting up a civil system to handle resource violations in-house, working on putting together a Marine Enforcement Conference (inaugural-date to be determined), and working on several legal issues and projects to support Randy Awo and his branch chiefs throughout the state. Any students looking for pro bono or externship opportunities with DOCARE are encouraged to contact Anna, she is currently seeking assistance with several projects.