Isolation Didn’t Stop Apprehension

Date: 1/10/2011

Three friends went fishing from New Zealand’s Maitai River, Bruce Bay, an hour north of Haast. Two line fished while the boat owner dived for paua with scuba gear and checked his cray pots. Fisheries officers found 14 rock lobsters in a bag and another eight concealed under clothing. Two bags with 45 shucked paua were found in the anchor well. Scuba gear was on the boat. SP Richardson, the owner of the boat, was sentenced to community service and his boat and trailer seized. Ph 0800 4 POACHER if you see anything suspicious or illegal in our fisheries.