Two commercial fishermen have been convicted and fined after a commercial set net was found to be blocking off almost all of the entrance to Symonds Bay in the Manukau Harbour and the $20,000 aluminium vessel at the centre of the offending was ordered forfeit to the Crown.
Members of the public reported the offending in July last year after one of the men was twice spotted setting and retrieving a commercial set net from a vessel in the bay.
The net had effectively blocked off more than a quarter of Symonds Bay.
The second man, who is the owner of the vessel and holds the commercial fishing permit the vessel was operating under, was not on the vessel on the days in question but admitted he failed to provide proper training or direction to his skipper.
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