Pacific Paradise Debacle, Lawsuit Draw Attention to Fishermen’s Plight

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Late on the night of October 10, 2017, the Pacific Paradise, a Honolulu-ported longline fishing vessel, hit a reef just 1,000 feet off Waikiki beach in the middle of the night. Twenty people were aboard the 79-foot-long craft, which would normally have a crew of no more than five or six.

Just what it was doing in shallow water off Waikiki, miles east of the piers where longliners tie up, hasn’t been explained. Jim Cook of Pacific Ocean Producers and owner, with partner Sean Martin, of several longline vessels, suggested that the vessel had arrived . . .

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