Large haul of paua seized in Wairarapa

Date: 1/8/2006

Fishery officers seized what they believe to be the largest quantity of illegally taken paua in the Wairarapa in years. A fisheries patrol uncovered a number of sacks of recently gathered paua concealed at Ngawi beach. Ministry of Fisheries staff apprehended two men late Friday evening as they were leaving Ngawi beach with the paua on the deck of their vehicle. The men were in possession of over 500 paua, 212 of which were undersize.  The minimum legal size for paua is 125mm and the daily quota for recreational fishers is 10 per person. Both men are likely to face charges under the Fisheries Act for possessing the excess and undersize paua. The vehicle, a Toyota Hilux estimated to be worth around $8,000, was seized by the Ministry.

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