Fisheries officers

Even gang members can’t escape the Fisheries Act

They may import chemicals, make meth, sell it, have illegal firearms and perform assaults without too much bother from the police, but don’t fluff around with taking illegal kai moana… not even as a gang member, because Fisheries officers are not going to take it easy.

The Ministry for Primary Industries’ Stephen Rudsdale says a fisheries officer immediately went to check the beach in Whangerei Heads after the first member of the public phoned authorities.

The officer “found one of the divers emerging from the water carrying a catch-bag of 19 scallops” Mr Rudsdale said.

“During the inspection, one of our officer’s was allegedly threatened by one of the divers,” he said.

“When they subsequently searched the area, they found 52 scallops dumped on the water’s edge and a catch-bag containing another 176 scallops in the water.”

Later in the evening, the MPI got a another call from a different person reporting two men acting suspiciously in the same area. Read more »

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