Hawaii boat owner regrets monument violation

Honolulu (AP) – The owner of a vessel caught fishing in a
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands special preservation area regrets the
incident and promises never to let it happen again.

The 60-foot Ka Imi Kai was ordered to return to Hawaii by law
enforcement personnel after the U.S. Coast Guard spotted it June
15.

Owner Zenen Ozoa paid a $1,700 fine, equal to about 14 percent
of the value of the catch on board, which was estimated at about
$12,000.

Ozoa is one of only seven boat owners allowed to take bottomfish
in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument until 2011, when
their permits expire and all fishing will cease.

But his vessel is alleged to have been fishing in an area of the
monument that is completely off-limits.

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