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Fisheries enforcement unit cites Maui violators

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:33 a.m. HST, Sep 05, 2013

KAHULUI » The state's new Community Fisheries Enforcement Unit has issued 12 citations for fishing violations in waters off Maui since it launched operations in the spring.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Wednesday the violations including the use of prohibited lay nets, catching undersized opihi, kumu and hee and using a prohibited net in the Kahului Fisheries Management Area.

Officers also retrieved two unattended illegal lay nets and one unattended illegal throw net.

While off-duty, the unit supervisor observed spearfishing violations and coordinated a response so the violator was apprehended and cited.

The unit patrols a 13-mile stretch of north Maui coastline from Hulu Island to Baldwin Beach Park.

The department says the first-of-its kind unit includes three officers. The department hopes to establish additional units statewide.

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islandsun wrote:
Congratulations Maui Division. Making Oahu go to shame!
on September 5,2013 | 07:00AM
all_fed_up wrote:
Agreed, agreed agreed!!
on September 5,2013 | 07:35AM
Grimbold wrote:
It is a miracle; They finally are catching someone. Of course the fool courts will let the violators without serious consequences - as usual.
on September 5,2013 | 11:35AM
Kaluu wrote:
Good deal. The state is decades late (thanks to the public who elect representatives) in making some attempt to curb the sickening depletion of marine life the Hawaii New Age reef deserts. Tourists think the reefs are wonderful because there are a few colorful little not-so-good-for-eat fishies, but old-timers know what a healthy reef used to look like with clouds of uhu, manini, kole, etc.
on September 5,2013 | 07:08AM
cojef wrote:
Love your comments portraying the old rich reef marine life for it represents the era that has sadly disappeared. To grow up back then was luxury that cannot be experienced by the youth of today. Before our teens, gowing up on Kauai during the summer meant spending the entire day at the beach, catching fish and cooking it on the beach without any cares of the world. Our parents were too busy earning a living, so we fended for ourselves, yet we were not like, the problem children of today.
on September 5,2013 | 07:46AM
Grimbold wrote:
The problem is that everyone is allowed to fish. It is like having a farm where free for all harvesting takes place: Almost Nothing harvestable is left.
on September 5,2013 | 11:37AM
leiann wrote:
Well !!!! It's about Time....Mahalo
on September 5,2013 | 07:09AM
false wrote:
Oahu need about a dozen of these units...
on September 5,2013 | 07:49AM
2NDC wrote:
I thought DLNR DOCARE were the "Fish Cops". Would this be the "Hawaii 5-O" equivalent of the "Fish Cops"? :-D
on September 5,2013 | 08:16AM
Kohelele wrote:
I seen a picture cycling around instagram last night of people on a Kona charter boat, Last Chance, showing off 77 mahimahi they caught! What are you going to do with 77 mahimahi?!
on September 5,2013 | 08:34AM
islandsun wrote:
Its just plain greed. No respect. The State should fine the Last Chance operation. But then again, DLNR fish division on Oahu is useless.
on September 5,2013 | 10:17AM
SueH wrote:
It's all about MONEY! When greedy fishermen catch that many fish, all they see are dollar signs for what they'll get at the market. Their rationale is: somebody will eat them, and I'll get rich! Oh yes, and a good tip from the charter customers for showing them so much "action".
on September 5,2013 | 10:32AM
Grimbold wrote:
The common thinking is: If I don't catch it, someone else will. See my comment on top.
on September 5,2013 | 11:39AM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Three staff that issued 12 citations in 4 to 6 months. I think they are seriously overstaffed.
on September 5,2013 | 12:07PM
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