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MPI disappointed by 47 offences

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A large number of fisheries-related offences by recreational fishers in the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel were uncovered in the days leading up to and including Auckland Anniversary.

Ministry for Primary Industries fisheries officers carried out several hundred inspections and 47 offences during vessel and land-based patrols carried out from January 25-30, says Mid-Central North Island team manager Mike Simmons.

“We conducted vessel patrols covering both the east and western side of the Coromandel peninsula. The inspections that were carried out at sea resulted in the detection of 22 offences including undersized kingfish, excess take of scallops, undersized scallops and excess take of snapper.

“A large number of land-based patrols between Waihi and Thornton kept officers very busy with two prosecutions pending as a result, one for the sale of non-commercially caught paua and the other for excess take of crab.”

In addition, the MPI identified 23 fisheries offences relating to excess take of scallops and undersized snapper at checkpoints at Te Mata on the Coromandel and in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

“It is very disappointing that people continue to take undersized and excess fish. Size and bag limits are in place to ensure sustainability of the fishery for all New Zealanders.”

Targeted patrolling by MPI officers will continue throughout the rest of the summer, with Mike warning recreational fishers that infringements, prosecutions and seizure of boats and equipment are all tools available to the ministry to “deal with those who choose to flout the law”.

“There’s no excuse for this sort of offending.”

Comments on SunLive

The greedy are always with us.

Posted on 03-02-2017 14:40 | By morepork

Such stupid, short-sighted, greed should be rewarded with the penalties noted in the article. Well done MPI; the people who copped it have nobody but themselves to blame.
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