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State hopes to boost fisheries enforcement with donations

The state plans to boost its enforcement of fisheries laws with the help of donations from nonprofit organizations. 

Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Thursday a Virginia-based organization called Conservation International was giving the state $2 million for the project. the The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation — a Kailua-based nonprofit — was donating $400,000.

The state plans to spend $1.1 million on the plan over the next two years.

The program calls for creating specialized units that will focus on enforcing fisheries laws and policies. 

Each unit will have a boat, boat storage facilities close to ocean entry points, and maintenance and fuel budgets to ensure adequate surveillance time on the water. The first units will be established on Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. 

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