Solicitor forfeits $40,000 boat

Date: 1/12/2005

A 40-year-old Auckland solicitor, Michael Robertson, has lost his $40,000 boat and a large amount of dive equipment after it was ordered forfeit to the crown following his conviction for taking excess scallops. Robertson appeared in the Warkworth District Court 15 November. When his vessel was boarded by fishery officers at the Irish Shoal (near Kawau island) Robertson had in his possession 388 scallops. His daily legal limit was just 20 scallops. He had more than 19 times his allowable limit. In addition to the loss of his boat and dive gear, Robertson also received a fine of $750 plus $130 court costs for the excess scallops and a further $100 plus $130 court costs for having undersized scallops.

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