Recreational fishers fined
Over Labour Weekend, recreational fishers around the Coromandel Peninsula were fined about $4,000 for various fisheries-related offences including gathering crayfish that were carrying eggs.
Around 400 recreational fishers were subject to inspections and some paid the price for committing a range of offences.
Generally, compliance with fisheries regulations was high, with fishers playing their part in protecting the fishery by sticking to the rules.
14 infringements were issued for offences ranging from undersized fish (snapper), excess and undersized pāua, undersized scallops, undersized crayfish, and taking crayfish that were carrying eggs.
In a more serious incident, a recreational fishing boat was boarded at sea by fishery officers in Opito Bay in the early evening. The inspection revealed 132 scallops, 52 of which were undersized.
As a result, the vessel and the dive gear used in the offending was seized and 1 person will face prosecution action."
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