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Ewa fisherman fined for violating state lay net rules

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:47 a.m. HST, Mar 04, 2014

An Ewa fisherman was fined $500 for violating state lay net fishing rules,

Allen Zamora was cited by the Department of Land and Natural Resources division of conservation and resources enforcement for possession of illegal lay nets in the Waikele Stream-West Loch area on Dec. 14, 2013. 

He was found guilty in Ewa District Court on Feb.19 and fined $500, the state department said in a news release.

A DLNR officer on routine patrol saw a small pick-up truck with a boat and multiple nets in the bed of the truck and Zamora was cited for use of unregistered lay nets, and use of lay nets longer than 125 feet. 

State law requires that lay nets must be registered with the DLNR division of aquatic resources and must have registration tags attached at each end of the float line and the lead line (four attachment points per net). Minimum legal size for mesh is 2-3/4 inch stretched, and maximum net size is 125 feet long and seven feet high. 

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cojef wrote:
Another raper of the fishery nailed with a fine.
on March 3,2014 | 09:56AM
Pocho wrote:
onny $500 fine. I hope they confiscated his nets and boat. He probably made more or at least caught more than $500 worth of fish with those nets
on March 3,2014 | 12:43PM
Grimbold wrote:
Fine way too low, Only rarely do they catch a violator.
on March 4,2014 | 06:24AM
2NDC wrote:
I wonder if he learned his lesson?
on March 3,2014 | 10:19AM
mcc wrote:
$500 is a slap on the wrist.
on March 3,2014 | 10:36AM
Grimbold wrote:
Liberal crime coddling judges, do you hear us?
on March 4,2014 | 06:29AM
hanabatadayz wrote:
wow..first time i heard of someone being fined for illegal fishing..finally
on March 3,2014 | 12:25PM
islandsun wrote:
One fine in 12 months? Step it up, do your job DLNR.
on March 3,2014 | 12:41PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
We have called in to DNR to report many illegal gill nets and no one comes. Some times we just talk to the person with the net and explain the issue (most of the time its because the eyes are too small and some of the nets are super long). A lot of the time the people don't understand that there are rules they have to follow (or they are faking it). Enforcement must be stepped up, this is not a new problem. You gotta keep hammering away with the enforcement other wise the bad guys will never stop.
on March 3,2014 | 03:35PM
Grimbold wrote:
I had the same experience. From my vantage point overlooking the ocean I had to call many times. Finally I removed nets several times under danger for me. It helped for now.
on March 4,2014 | 06:27AM
Maipono wrote:
What about prison time? These people are so irresponsible, they need to be deterred.
on March 4,2014 | 05:01AM
myviewofthings wrote:
what was he lay netting for? Talapia? Waikele stream? Ban lay nets outright!!!!!
on March 4,2014 | 05:26AM
Anonymous wrote:
$500 is fighting chicken feed. I guarantee you Zamora is out there doing the same thing.
on March 4,2014 | 05:33AM
mokebla wrote:
What you expect out of party voters? Liberal lawmakers with panty laws. Want to send a message, First offense $50,000.00, 1year jail time and forfeit of catch, boat and truck. Second offense $100,000.00 years jail time and forfeit of catch, boat and truck. Third Offense $1Million fine, life in Jail and forfeit of catch, boat, truck and home. Now that will get their attention, if not like I said you can't change or teach STUP*D!
on March 4,2014 | 05:40AM
kukaikid wrote:
wow, ive never heard of dlnr actually being around to catching someone
on March 4,2014 | 05:43AM
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