Oahu man cited twice in two weeks for lay net violations

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The State Department of Land and Natural Resources says enforcement officers cited an Oahu man for multiple lay net violations.

State officials say Bryan Okawa, 56, of Kaneohe was first cited on January 20, 2018.

The DLNR says two enforcement officers saw Okawa off Wailupe Beach Park pulling long, continuous sections of lay net from the water.  He was then seen loading the net into a red kayak.

Okawa was cited for four violations, which include restricted lay netting, using eight panels of unregistered lay nets, prohibited lay netting at night, and take/possession of undersized fish.

Lay netting is prohibited along the south shore of Oahu from Maunalua Bay to an area near the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

Two weeks later, the DLNR says Okawa was cited again.

On the night of March 3, enforcement officers were alerted that a man was seen laying a net at Paiko Beach in east Oahu.

A responding officer saw a man lifting what appeared to be a lay net.

The man was also seen removing fish from the net and putting the fish in a kayak.

The state identified the man as Okawa.

He was issued two citations which include a total of 47 violations.

“This is a perfect example of why we ask everyone to be observant of natural and cultural resource violations and to report them immediately,” DOCARE Enforcement Chief Robert Farrell said.  “We can’t have eyes and ears everywhere, so without the anonymous citizen’s report we may not have been able to catch this repeat offender.” 

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