Appeal won by squid fishermen

Date: 1/6/2004

Squid fishermen have won an appeal doubling the number of sealions they can kill before being forced to end their Auckland Islands trawling season. The Appeal Court ruling raises the previous limit of 62 sealion deaths per season to 124. Fishermen had stopped trawling for squid because the previous cap had been reached. The Ministry of Fisheries says the ruling means fishermen can now resume squid fishing. The ruling applies only for this squid season, now continuing until the beginning of June.

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