Department of Lands and Natural Resources
10/14/22 – LANA’I RESIDENT CITIZED FOR POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL THROWING NET
Published on October 14, 2022 in DOCARE, Press releases, slider
SUZANNE D CASE
For immediate release: October 14, 2022
LANA’I INHABITANT CITIZED FOR POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL NET
(LANA’I CITY) While patrolling the shoreline on the north side of Lana’i, a DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources (DOCARE) officer observed Keao Soriano, 34, hunched over a bucket near the water’s edge. Soriano looked in the direction of the officer, then tried to hide the bucket before contacting the officer.
The officer retrieved the bucket in Soriano’s possession and saw that it contained a net and many small fish. Landing nets used for fishing are regulated by Hawaii’s administrative rules and must have a stretched mesh size of at least 2 inches, when possessed in the water or on or around the shore where fish may be caught.
An inspection revealed that the throwing net found in Soriano’s bucket had a stretched mesh measurement of ½ inch. There were also 58 iao (baitfish) and 12 oama in the net and bucket.
Soriano was cited for possessing an illegal throwing net, which is a petty misdemeanor. The net, bucket and fish were recovered as evidence. Soriano is scheduled to appear in Lana’i District Court on November 15, 2022.
Suspicious activity regarding natural resource violations can be reported by calling DOCARE’s 24-hour tip line at 643-DLNR or by reporting on the free DLNRTip app.
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Senior Communications Manager
Hawaii Department of Lands and Natural Resources