Illegal rock lobster take

Date: 1/8/2004

Ministry of Fisheries (MFish) in Dunedin are investigating three commercial fishers on the Chatham Islands for illegally using underwater breathing apparatus to take rock lobsters. While some commercial fishing permits on the Chatham Islands allow rock lobsters to be taken by freediving, the use of underwater breathing apparatus is totally prohibited. The Ministry  seized three commercial fishing vessels, and is holding them at the Chatham Islands. If convicted, they could face maximum fines of $250,000, and forfeiture of their fishing vessels and illegal fishing equipment.

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