The underreporting of caught fish was at the centre of a huge court case last year and convictions have finally been entered against Hawke's Bay Seafoods and its directors after years of investigation and court hearings.
The companies charged were Hawke's Bay Seafoods, Ocean Enterprises and Esplanade No 3. The directors and managers were Antonino "Nino" Giovanni D'Esposito, Giancarlo "Joe" Harold D'Esposito and manager Marcus Giuseppe D'Esposito and a skipper John Butler.
The judge set a sentencing hearing date in August.
In a summary of facts now before the court the Ministry said the misreporting became evident when a comparison of the amounts of fish reported as caught and landed were compared with the recorded amounts exported.
Four of the ships used by the company are to be forfeited, the Mutiara II, The Pacific Explorer, the Trial B and the Lady Ruth.
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