October 27, 2021, 10:03 a.m. HST
Twelve O’ahu divers were cited by officers from DLNR’s Conservation and Resource Enforcement Division over the weekend for not having the required equipment and / or possessing undersized fish. cut.
In the first instance, DOCARE officers on patrol around 11 p.m. Saturday spotted lights in the water just outside Wailupe Beach Park in eastern O’ahu. From there, they followed the divers to Kahala Beach and waited for them to get ashore.
Six men were cited for not having illuminated dive flags and for having undersized fish. Officers said divers had several regulated and unregulated fish, including more than two dozen undersized kala.
All divers have received educational information on fishing and diving regulations and have court appearances scheduled for early January. The six divers named in Kahala are between 18 and 53 years old.
Earlier in the evening, at around 7.15 p.m., a DOCARE officer from the Windward District, also on routine patrol, spotted several dive lights near the western end of Kahana Bay. By the time these divers emerged from the water at around 8:30 p.m., another DOCARE agent had responded and they inspected the catches of nine divers in total. Six of them were in possession of undersized kala. A one-pound octopus was also released into the water as part of the law enforcement effort. These men are due in court on December 23. The six divers named in Kahana Bay are between 22 and 35 years old.
“As summer heats up on the south coast of O’ahu, more divers and fishermen are expected to be in or near the water,” department officials said in a press release. âDOCARE encourages safe and responsible ocean operations and encourages anyone who notices violations to call 643-DLNR or report through the DLNRTip app. ”