An Ewa fisherman will have to pay a $500 fine for violating state laynet fishing rules.
According to the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources, Allen Zamora was cited for possession of illegal lay nets in the Waikele Stream-West Loch area last December. A DLNR officer on routine patrol spotted a small pick-up truck with a boat and multiple nets in the bed of the truck. A subsequent investigation led to DLNR officers citing the owner of the nets for use of unregistered lay nets, and use of lay nets longer than 125 feet.
State law requires that lay nets must be registered with the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources and must have registration tags attached at each end of the float line and the lead line. Minimum legal size for mesh is 2-3/4 inch stretched and maximum net size is 125 feet long and seven feet high.