Two Arrested for Illegal Harvest of Hundreds of ‘Opihi

Two men from O‘ahu’s North Shore were cited yesterday by officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), after they were allegedly caught picking ‘opihi in the Pūpūkea Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD). It is illegal to remove any marine life from an MLCD.


53-year-old Raymond Agsalda of Waialua and 53-year-old Ronsin Rosa of Hale‘iwa had 784 ‘opihi in their possession when contacted by DOCARE officers. Hawai‘i Administrative Rules prohibit any fishing, catching, killing, removal, or possession of any sea life, including live coral or rock from the MLCD. The only exception is in-season fishing at Waimea Bay, which has species restrictions and bag limits. 


The men are charged with a petty misdemeanor and if convicted could be fined or face jail time. Anyone who sees possible illegal activity or resource violations is asked to report it immediately to 643-DLNR (3567) or via the free DLNRTipApp.

Man Dies Attempting to Harvest Opihi on the Big Island

A man in his sixties passed away in the Pahoa District of the Big Island today while attempting to get Opihi:

Hawaii Fire Department Incident Report: 10851

Situation Found at Scene:

Unresponsive male Opihi picker in waters off shore of Kumukahi Lighthouse.

Photo via Eli Duke


Report of Opihi picker who was swept into the ocean by wave action.  Two bystanders assisted victim away from rocky shoreline and were met by lifeguards on jetski’s.  The Victim, 60’s Male, was pulled from the water by Hawaii Fire Department rescue personnel on Chopper 1 via Billy Pugh Net.  Victim was then transported to awaiting medic at Kumukahi Lighthouse, for emergency medical service assessment.  The victim was found to have no signs of life and was released to Hawaii Police Department.