Black-Market Fish Retailer Fined $28,000

Date: 1/6/2005

On Paua And Rock Lobster Charges  A Christchurch businessman was convicted and fined a total of $28,000 in the Christchurch District Court after he admitted selling black-market paua and rock lobster. Peter Raymond Baird who set up fish retail businesses, World First Solutions and Karatau Export Trading Company sourced 753 kg of paua and 391 kg of rock lobster outside the Quota Management System. This fish was then sold to a number of restaurants in Christchurch, Queenstown and Auckland. The minimum value of these sales was estimated at $48,000.

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