Fines for rock lobster offences

Date: 1/6/2006

A Masterton man was found guilty of possessing 25 excess rock lobsters, the majority of which were undersized. The discovery of the rock lobsters was made during a vessel patrol by fishery officers. On the deck of the vessel was a fish bin with 58 rock lobsters, of which 51 were undersized. The offender was fined $600 for possessing excess rock lobsters, $600 for possessing undersized rock lobsters, $300 for having an illegal rock lobster pot on a vessel, $300 for using an illegal rock lobster pot, and $520 court costs.

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