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Coast Guard cracks down on illegal fishing

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By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis and its crew are back in Honolulu Tuesday night after a two month mission to crack down on illegal fishing in the South Pacific.

Crews found a range of safety violations. A couple of fishing boats were shut down for operating under hazardous conditions.

Eager families waited for the crew, who joined two dozen nations on this mission.

With commercial fishing being the backbone of pacific islanders' fragile economies, the captain says enforcing fishing laws is critical to their well-being.

Although the crew felt a sense of pride, they were glad to be back home.

"Being away from my wife while she's pregnant she always needs help and it's just hard to be away from her during her time of need," Coast Guardsman Zac Bowman said.

On this patrol, the crew directly coordinated with authorities from French Polynesia, the Cook Islands and Australia.

"It's difficult, it's the life of a military spouse, but you do what you gotta do, they go away, you keep the house up and that's what you do," Bowman's wife, Kami said.

The crew also supported two community outreach projects in Western Samoa. They donated three large pallets of tsunami relief supplies and helped build homes.

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