Posted: March 25, 2013The blessing of a new, donated state fisheries enforcement boat, Kai'aiki, on Saturday and the launch of a pilot nearshore waters enforcement unit are both steps toward protecting ocean resources, said longtime fisherman Darrell Tanaka.
But much more needs to be done statewide, he said. "I think the results that this special unit will produce will be very eye-opening to everyone," he said.
"It will shed light on a criminal element that is rarely seen . . . There's more poaching going on than people realize."
The pilot Community Fisheries Enforcement Unit will include three state Department of Land and Natural Resources' Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers, a data manager, a program coordinator and a member of Makai Watch, a group that works to restore and sustain coastal resources. The enforcement unit will police a 13-mile stretch of coastline from Hulu Island off Kahakuloa to Baldwin Beach Park in Paia, extending three miles seaward.
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