The fish don't swim away because of their instinct to stay close to cover and their natural buoyancy control keeps them from ascending quickly. I don't believe my presence above these collectors hindered the collection in any way.
On February 25, 2014 I photographed two aquarium collectors damaging the reef with their anchor and their actions. Walking and crawling on the corals as they netted hundreds of mostly juvenile fish. I filed reports and provided evidence to DAR/DOCARE, who passed it on to the Hawaii prosecutors office. I was never interviewed. After months with no apparent action on a follow up call to the Hawaii county prosecutors office I was told my case number is not in their system.
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