State and federal authorities seized the catch of a longline fishing vessel and cited seven fishermen for not having valid commercial marine licenses, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a news release today.
The Coast Guard cutter Galveston Island boarded the 71-foot fishing vessel Lady Ann Margret earlier this month about 350 miles off Oahu and found the boat’s high seas fishing permit expired last year. The Coast Guard directed the captain to return to port because of expired permit and to fix safety violations.
When the Lady Ann Margret arrived in Honolulu to offload its catch at the United Fishing Agency’s Pier 38 on Monday, state conservation officers and officers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observed the catch of ahi and other fish being offloaded and sold.
The conservation officers seized 3,598 pounds of fish and it was sold for $14,265, the DNLR said.
Conservation officers also checked the captain and crews of five other longline vessels at the pier and cited seven people for not having valid commercial marine licenses. They were told they could not fish until they renewed their licences and could be fined $250 for fishing without a license.