DLNR: Oahu boater didn’t have permit to fumigate boat while it was in the water

Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 10:16 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 1, 2022 at 10:28 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A boater is under fire for apparently fumigating a vessel on the waters of Kaneohe Bay on Thursday morning.

Officials said crews with Aloha Pest were seen covering up the vessel.

According to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the owner of the Crown Jewel did not have a permit to tent the boat.

The department also said under a law against poisonous substances, the boater must seek permission from the state before tenting their vessel on the water.

It is unclear what chemicals were being used. However, the common gas for fumigation is known to be highly toxic to aquatic life, said a spokesperson for DLNR.

In response to the issue, a spokesperson for Aloha Pest said they’ve fumigated boats on the water for many years and the chemicals they use are not harmful to marine life.

This story may be updated.

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