New Rules in Place to Cut Down on Illegal Kayak Rental Businesses

Tuesday, 09 February 2010
Things are getting messy over at Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii. Several months ago we reported a sting operation by local officials aimed at curbing the illegal kayak rental businesses who recently set-up shops in the area.

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State Park officials unveiled new rules which will limit the number of people launching and landing and try and keep damage to the sensitive environment at bay. Under the new rules registered businesses will only be able to land 10 kayaks a day. Anybody cited for landing without a permit could face a fine of up to $100 and risk losing their gear.

Because of overcrowding, rocks are getting damaged along the shoreline due to kayaks being dragged over them. Also, there are no onsite toilets so human waste also becoming big problem.

State officials are describing the current situation a “carnival-like atmosphere”.

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David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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