Two Wailuku residents, a father and his adult son, have been charged for allegedly taking and possessing a green sea turtle that was found dead and “entangled in fishing net” in the Waiehu area.
A law enforcement officer on routine patrol made contact with the two men on Sunday just before 7 a.m. at an area known as Round Tables on Maui’s north shore, according to a news release from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
The officer, who was from the DLNR’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, reportedly saw the two men retrieving a lobster net from the shoreline. After making contact with them, the officer found the dead turtle and “placed in a metal tub which was attached to an inner tube.”
Randall Del Castillo Sr., 57, and Randall Del Castillo Jr., 33, were cited for taking and possessing a green sea turtle, which is a protected species. Both men have court dates in Maui District Court scheduled for Nov. 25.