Illegal Lay Net Seized at Kane‘ohe Bay, O‘ahu
An estimated 1,000 feet of unattended lay net was recovered from within Kaneʻohe Bay on Oʻahu on Sunday following a citizen complaint filed with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Officers from the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement Windward Oʻahu District recovered the illegal lay net at around 10:40 a.m.
They reportedly found several dead hammerhead sharks in the net and recovered a 16-foot boat as evidence.
No suspects have been identified and anyone with information is encouraged to call the 24-hour DOCARE tip line at 643-DLNR (3567) or download the free DLNRTip app available for android devices and iPhones.
DOCARE officers report that unregistered, unattended, illegal lay nets continue to be a major concern, particularly on Oʻahu’s windward side.