Ship’s owner cited for coral damage


The owner of a 47-foot sailing vessel was cited for damage its anchor chain caused to a coral reef.

About 80 feet of chain was in the water, with about 30 to 40 feet in the coral at Kailua Bay, according to the state Department of Natural Resources, which cited the owner May 2. A swimmer photographed and reported the damage to a DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation security officer at Kailua Pier. The officer notified the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, which investigated the damage. The boat owner did not have a mooring permit.

DLNR didn’t identify the owner in a press release. According to court records, the boat owner is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. May 22 in Kona District Court.

 

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