Fishing boat drew sharksTo the Forum:

Office of Land and Natural Resources:

I am a condominium owner in


During the week of May 14 a commercial fishing boat anchored

near shore in Hanalei Bay and proceeded to string fishing nets approximately

75-100 yards long from the boat to shore. Over several days they netted tons of


Is this method of fishing legal in Hanalei Bay? Is it


When this boat left after several days, they discarded

substantial amounts of dead fish and other garbage into the Bay near the

shoreline. Almost immediately, sharks (approximately one dozen) came to this

location and remained several days. They were in the range of 12 feet and I am

told these were tiger sharks. Enclosed is a copy of an article in the Garden

Isle newspaper.

As a result, Hanalei Bay was closed for several days to

swimmers, surfers, kayakers, locals and tourists. This close in fishing and

dumping created an extremely dangerous situation, which could expose our

government agencies to substantial liabilities, somewhat similar to the recent

forest service fires in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

The local lifeguards did a

good job of trying to warn people and are to be commended. May I have a

response to this complaint? Thank you.


Gene F.




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