Kapoho residents try tackling illegal fishing problemUPDATED 10:27 PM HST Aug 12, 2013Video Transcript
Kapoho residents say they're ready to TACKLE illegal fishing ... But a deeper problem lies beneath the surface of the water.. Here's KITV4's Brenton Awa... The cotton candy sunset at the Wai'opae tide-pools is anything but sweet. Residents say with night -- comes illegal fishing. 2:27 - 2:36 "ONE NIGHT WE CAUGHT PEOPLE WHO HAD 19 OCTOPUS TAKEN OUT OF THIS TINY AREA.THE AREA JUST CAN'T REGENERATE WHEN WE HAVE THAT KIND OF ABUSE." Sometimes these rule breakers even strike in broad daylight. Bypassing the no fishing signs -- seen here -- and throwing their net . 11 years ago, the Wai-opae tide-pools became one of 11 Marine Life Conservation Districts across the state. but some fishermen haven't accepted the change. 1:12 - 1:18 "UNFORTUNATELY A LOT OF PEOPLE DID FISH HERE AS CHILDREN AND IT'S BEEN A BIG TRANSITION FOR THEM." Residents say the area is being over fished. They claim fishermen take turtles, and much more .. 44:45 - 44:58 "BASICALLY THIS IS A NURSURY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. NOT ONLY ARE THEY KILLING ALL THE FISH, THEY'RE STEPPING ON THE CORAL, CORALS BROKEN DOWN." The Department of Land and Natural Resources enforces the rules here. And residents have noticed an increase in its patrols... But that's not solving the problem. 1:46 - 1:50 "THEY WILL EVENTUALLY SHOW UP MAYBE, BUT BY THEN EVERYBODY IS LONG GONE." VIolator can face stiff penalties... ranging from $250 to $1,000 for criminal charges. Civil penalties carry a fine of up to $1,000 per specimen. Plus 1,000 per violation. Residents expect the illegal fishing to increase next month because of lobster season. The DLNR wants the public to continue reporting illegal fishing to DOCARE. If it finds a pattern -- it says it'll take the necessarily steps for enforcement patrols.