73 year old Chatham Islands man Kevan Huia Clarke has been sentenced to home detention by Judge Kelly for playing a role in the poaching of rock lobster (crayfish) and paua.
The poached sealife, which were being caught off Chatham Islands and flown back to the mainland, weighed 11 tonnes total. It is believed that Clarke recieved about $340,000 between 2017 and 2018 for his efforts.
Suspicions were initially raised when fisheries officers, who were patrolling on a navy boat, lifted a holding box carrying nearly half a tonne of fish.
Clarke, who had previous convictions for fisheries-based offences, had also been the chairperson of Chatham Islands Fisheries Association.
Judge Kelly sentenced Clarke to nine months home detention and 200 hours worth of community work.
To report illegal fishing activity, contact MPI on [email protected] or 0800 4 POACHER (0800 47 62 24)
14 July 2020