These collectors did five set-ups like this per dive. they did three dives. Let's say conservatively 20 fish times 15 nettings equals 300 fish. Five days a week, year round. They are on the honor system for filing catch reports.
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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