Boat blessing ‘a step in the right direction’

The blessing of a new, donated state fisheries enforcement boat, Kai’aiki, on Saturday and the launch of a pilot nearshore waters enforcement unit are both steps toward protecting ocean resources, said longtime fisherman Darrell Tanaka.

But much more needs to be done statewide, he said.

“I think the results that this special unit will produce will be very eye-opening to everyone,” he said. “It will shed light on a criminal element that is rarely seen . . . There’s more poaching going on than people realize.”

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