A conservation officer for the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources cited a boater Sunday for netting undersized fish in Keehi Small Boat Harbor and confiscated the man’s 16-foot skiff as well as 3,500 feet of net and dozens of undersized fish.
According to DLNR, the conservation officer patrolling the harbor investigated the man’s boat after observing it pass the dock and later return.
Jason Redulla, acting chief of the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, said his department is on the lookout for illegal fishers.
“We continue to have a strong enforcement approach toward anyone who catches fish illegally, whether it be by unpermitted methods, taking more fish than allowed, or possessing undersized or out-of-season fish,” he said. “All of our officers are on the lookout for these types of violations and not only will fishers get a citation, but their equipment is likely to be taken into evidence.”
DLNR said the boater was a Windward Oahu resident and commercial fisherman. if convicted of a petty misdemeanor, he faces a $500 fine and as much as a year in jail.