WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
State law enforcement officials today seized an illegal gill net but it wasn't found in the ocean but was strung across a stream in Waipahu. The net contained dozens of dead and living fish and crabs. Environmentalist said it also posed a threat to nearby endangered birds.
"A net in the water is nothing but a wall of death for many species," said environmental activist Carroll Cox, who reported the net to the Department of Land and Natural Resources. "You can see the mullet, some were dead and some were floating. There were barracuda, there were tilapia and other species of fish."
Gill nets are major problem in Hawaii's oceans even the legal ones can float off and claim countless fish. But in the state's fresh waters, they're illegal everywhere at every size. In Waipahu, they pose a risk to endangered birds and other wildlife that live in the Pouhala Marsh State Wildlife Sanctuary.
The owner of the net was long gone but the DLNR is still investigating.