HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Officers with the Department of Land and Natural resources confiscated illegal lay nets Friday.
The DLNR says around 6:30 a.m. Friday, DOCARE officers on routine patrols noticed a man on the shoreline adjacent to the La Mariana Sailing Club Restaurant on Sand Island.
He was reportedly tending to several large bags, which was a red flag to the officers.
A team of DOCARE officers stopped the man and inspected his bags.
Four of the bags contained about 100 undersized fish along with live coral. The species of fish captured included Papio, Kala and Moi.
Officers also confiscated 1,000 feet of the suspected illegal lay nets.
Gary Shigematsu, 47, of Salt Lake received approximately 10 citations for the incident.
“DOCARE officers want to remind people about responsible and legal netting and protecting and conserving Hawaii’s natural resources. People can report suspicious activity via the free DLNRTip application of by calling the statewide hotline at 643-DLNR (3567),” the DLNR said in a news release.