Illegal fishing enforcement steps up on MauiUPDATED 9:29 PM HST Jul 18, 2014Video Transcript
Fish illegally, and you could end up being the one on the hook! The department of land and natural resources say they have stepped up enforcement on Maui and they say they have the numbers to prove it- KITV 4 Cam Tran reports. 17 52 133 Day and at night: The Community Fisheries Enforcement Unit patrols North Maui waters. The group formed a year ago and consists of three full time state officers plus civilian officers dedicated to enforcing state fishing laws.. WILLIAM AILA, DLNR CHAIRMAN 27:01 LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER, WE HAVE ENFORCEMEN T NOW I WILL LET YOU KNOW THAT THESE OFFICERS OCCASIONALL Y GO OUT OF THE BOUNDARIES TO DO THINGS I WANT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY ARE DEDICATED TO NOTHING STOPPED THEM FROM GOING TO OTHER AREAS. 27:36 The program is the first of its kind in Hawaii. The Castle Foundation and Conservation International provided the funding for a specialized boat and DLNR provided officers who cover Hulu Island to Baldwin Beach Park. The officers cite anyone who were overfishes... or fails to release smaller fish and he'e back into the ocean. But the biggest offense remains laynets. CLARENCE MATT YAMAMOTO, MAUI BRANCH CHIEF DOCARE IN29:54 ON THE ISLAND OF MAUI THERE'S NO LAYNETTING ALLOWED IT'S ONLY SURROUND NETTING, WHAT PEOPLE WERE DOING THEY WERE DOING THE LAY NETTING TECHNIQUE WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO CURB AND CURTAIL THAT ACTIVITIES 30:10 GFX: Just in its first year, the enforcement officers wrote 41 citations, that's 71 percent higher than last year. Officers also gave out three warnings up from zero last year and they also started 60 investigations significantly higher than just 17 last year. The task force on Maui will be funded through the end of the year but DLNR hopes the legislature will fund it for much longer. Cam's standup 35:34 BECAUSE OF THE PROGRAMS SUCCESS ON MAUI, CHAIRMAN AILA SAYS HE HOPES TO EXPAND IT TO THE REST OF THE COUNTIES, AND HE'S HOPING HE'LL BE ABLE TO FIND THE FUNDING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. Reporting from Keehi Lagoon, CT,KITV News.