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Waipahu fisherman fined for taking undersize papio

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:24 p.m. HST, Dec 04, 2013

A 52-year Waipahu fisherman has been fined $250 for taking three undersize papio from Kalaeloa Deep Draft Harbor last month.

Lionel Tunac, 52, pled guilty Nov. 25 in District Court for possessing a papio less than 10 inches in length.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources said he was charged and sentenced at Waianae District Court.

Tunac was cited on Oct. 11 by Department of Land and Natural Resources' Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement after an anonymous caller reported the incident. Tunac was seen possessing three undersized fishes while fishing.

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false wrote:
People who break the fish and game laws are stealing from all of us.
on December 4,2013 | 10:46AM
ka_iwa wrote:
DLNR got to check the free divers too! I know braddahs taking 15, 20, 25 UHU's, Papio's/Ulua's and just clearing out spots on the reefs. I know a lot of them talk conservation but how many of them actually practice it? I know there are some very good braddahs out there who are very educated conservationists as well as expert waterman. But come on guy's? People need to regulate themselves. I know they give their OHANA and stuff but c'mon.
on December 4,2013 | 10:55AM
false wrote:
You are absolutely correct. Not only the deep water guys but the shoreline divers as well. Taking undersize octopus and fish. And how about those fishermen how load up their buckets with halalu and oama. Give me a break. Some of those guys are not going to eat all that fish. Selfish buggas. How about some enforcement with those guys too.
on December 4,2013 | 11:07AM
sjean wrote:
Mostly tourists and mainland transplants. Never, ever locals.
on December 4,2013 | 11:10AM
Anonymous wrote:
You must be joking.
on December 4,2013 | 12:52PM
Kealii wrote:
Yeah! Locals don't ever break fishing laws! They respect the 'aina!
on December 4,2013 | 07:01PM
islandsun wrote:
Fishermen are like contractors. They never speak the truth and you cant trust them. This happens every single day in the numbers. Why such little enforcement? Just a slap on the wrist to these immigrants.
on December 4,2013 | 11:39AM
Slow wrote:
Darn those immigrants. Not like us 100% ancestral locals. We stay bettah dan dem!
on December 4,2013 | 12:51PM
false wrote:
Salamat Po!
on December 4,2013 | 03:16PM
Kealii wrote:
Same to you buddy!
on December 4,2013 | 07:02PM
busterb wrote:
I seen papio as small as 5" tip to tip for sale in Chinatown before. And not rarely either. Obviously hooked.
on December 4,2013 | 12:10PM
Hawaii5OhOh wrote:
The DLNR should check out the druggies laying illegal nets in Kaneohe Bay at night. They catch 5 to 10 five gallon buckets of baby papio and they don't have any ice to keep the fish cold. Instead of eating the fish, they sell the buckets of rotting fish in Chinatown and they make fish sauce and fish paste. I think this is the main reason legal sized papio are getting harder to catch on the Windward side.
on December 4,2013 | 01:41PM
nitpikker wrote:
they should make ALL nets illegal. those are the worst.
on December 4,2013 | 04:51PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
How about we start charging 50 or 100 buck for lisences for the year. Maybe different rates for short term lisences. Then we can pay for some wardens. Yes I go fishing and would pay it.
on December 4,2013 | 05:10PM
64hoo wrote:
before the law pan frying size papio that most of us commenters caught was pretty darn good.
on December 4,2013 | 10:59PM
squidbro wrote:
Finally, some enforcement.
on December 4,2013 | 11:06PM
soundofreason wrote:
Really? Did you catch just WHAT the sentence was?
on December 5,2013 | 05:39PM
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