Complaints over lay nets lead to citation of 4 men in East Oahu

Complaints over lay nets lead to citation of 4 men in East Oahu
DLNR seized the items as evidence. (Source: DLNR)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Conservation officers with the Department of Land and Natural Resources cited four men Sunday night following their use of lay nets in a restricted area.

DLNR officials said DOCARE officers cited the men after they were observed using the nets in Paiko Lagoon in east Oahu’s Maunalua Bay. They were tipped off by local fishermen and residents in the area.

DLNR seized the items as evidence.
DLNR seized the items as evidence. (Source: DLNR)

When stopped by officers, the men were found to have multiple undersized fish including Moi, Papio and Oio. An out-of-season lobster was also found and returned to the water.

The men cited were identified as:

  • 41-year-old Lordleigh Caraang
  • 60-year-old Jonie Dalo
  • 47-year-old Jamie Sarmiento
  • 64-year-old Benny Sampaya

The men are scheduled to appear in court in July.

The DLNR reminds the public it is illegal to lay nets on Oahu southern shores from Kawaihoa Point to Keahi Point.

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