Fishers Caught with 45 times the Snapper Limit

MPI fishery officers recently caught a group of fishers with more than 45 times the daily snapper limit.

On May 12 two fishery officers were doing boat inspections at the Halfmoon Bay ramp in East Auckland when they encountered a group of five recreational fishers with what appeared to be a large haul of fish on board.

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"A closer inspection by our fishery officers discovered they had 348 fish. Most (317) were snapper, with a total weight of just under 200kg. Ninety-five of the snapper they had were undersize," says Andre Espinoza, MPI's West North Island regional manager fish compliance.

The five fishers, whose vessel was seized, will likely face prosecution under the Fisheries Act.

The daily limit for snapper on Auckland’s east coast is seven per person, with a minimum size of 30cm.

"We work hard to protect fishing resources so that current and future generations can enjoy catching a feed of kaimoana.

"When people take this obviously illegal haul of fish – along with many of them being undersize – they threaten the sustainability of the fishery.

"The rules are there for a reason and when we find evidence of deliberate rule-breaking, you can be assured we will take action,” Mr Espinoza says.

MPI encourages all recreational fishers to know the fishing rules for your area. The best way of doing this is to download the NZ Fishing Rules app.

If you become aware of any suspicious fishing activity, call us on 0800 4 POACHER (0800 47 62 24) or email [email protected]

NZ Fishing Rules mobile app

MPI compliance team members were at the recent Hutchwilco NZ Boat show, educating members of the public around recreational fishing rules.

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