Aggressive Northland Paua Gatherer Arrested

Paua at Kawerua Beach, north of Dargaville, have been under pressure again from poachers, one of whom has been arrested.

Fishery officers in seven days of early October nabbed two gatherers with many times more than the daily limit of 10 paua per person.

One Hokianga man had 83 paua, 66 of which were undersized while another man, also from the Hokianga area, is alleged to have threatened to ‘smash’ fisheries officers when they asked to check his catch. This man had 56 paua, 53 of which were under the minimum size of 125mm.

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