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Illegal fishing off Maui leads to 10 citations

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:00 a.m. HST, Feb 08, 2014

KAHULUI, Hawaii >> The Department of Land and Natural Resources has issued 10 citations for illegal fishing activity in north Maui waters.

Two citations were issued to an offshore lay net fisher who caught nearly 300 pounds of fish at Kanaha Beach Park. Most of the fish caught by the lay net fisher were amaama or striped mullet. Lay net fishing is currently banned around Maui.

Other citations were for possession of an undersized kumu, or goatfish, and possession of an undersized octopus.

The alleged violations occurred in November. Department spokeswoman Deborah Ward said Thursday the agency doesn't have figures for more recent citations.

The Maui-based Community Fisheries Enforcement Unit issued the citations with the help of other enforcement personnel from the department.

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ROBT wrote:
If caught 1 time the guy when probably do it at least ten times
on February 7,2014 | 05:39AM
Grimbold wrote:
It is a miracle they caught someone. It would be another greater miracle if the court would issue a meaningful fine.
on February 7,2014 | 07:29AM
sluggah wrote:
Lowlife MF
on February 7,2014 | 05:52AM
opihi123 wrote:
good job.... maui dlnr officers on the ball.. we need this net ban to be state wide, with more limits on commercial fishing. these guys are the biggest problem.
on February 7,2014 | 06:03AM
hawn wrote:
Now if only the fines are levied to the max instead of these guys getting off with probation.
on February 7,2014 | 06:40AM
kiragirl wrote:
Atta way to go DLNR wardens. Now only if the judge will fine them to the max to deter others especially laying of nets.
on February 7,2014 | 08:31AM
nitpikker wrote:
need better policing on ALL the islands. and penalties that mean something, not a slap on the wrist and the guy leaves court laughing on his way to his next illegal fishing.
on February 7,2014 | 09:18AM
keawe wrote:
They should take the boat and nets for at least 1year for the first offense and 3 years the second. We all know they raping the Reefs. You should see the damage these nets have been doing on Oahu. There is no real effort to stop these people, the sad part is where they come from they have no laws like us.
on February 7,2014 | 09:32AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Wow. There are actually laws against this sort of thing? Or, better yet, DLNR is actually enforcing them? Will wonders never cease! But, not to worry. They'll be let off with a warning. So much for the deterrent value of Game laws. Folks, that's 300 lbs. of fish that these fish hogs stole from the rest of us and won't be available for spawning so our grandchildren will have some game in their future. You watch. These idiots will claim some kind of cultural right to rape and pillage our reefs, depriving even their own children of the privilege of pursing game. Then people wonder why our reefs are so barren compared to 60 years ago (for those of us old enough to remember when there were enough fish to go around). Why, we just can't imagine why!
on February 7,2014 | 12:19PM
paradiddle wrote:
"Eat mor chikin"
on February 7,2014 | 12:54PM
yhls wrote:
Put them in jail.
on February 8,2014 | 05:15AM
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