Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) fishery officers have had a busy summer in the Coromandel region with regular patrols leading to the apprehension of several people likely to face serious charges under the Fisheries Act.
Between 16 and 21 January, seven people were caught with a total of more than 400 excess and undersized paua.
“In one instance three Waikato men were stopped by fishery officers and found to be in possession of 165 excess and undersized paua,” says MPI spokesperson Jason Howat.
“An inspection of another catch resulted in one Waikato man being caught with 163 excess and undersize paua, while another stopped and inspected was found to be in possession of 64 excess and undersized paua.
“These men all had the vehicle they were using seized and are each likely to face serious charges under the Fisheries Act.
“An infringement notice of $750 was issued to another two Waikato fishers who were found to be in possession of 39 excess and undersized paua.
19 March 2019