Smugglers Can Expect a Paua Cut

Date: 1/10/2006

A new breed of detector dog is being trained to help combat illegal export of paua from New Zealand. The Minister of Fisheries, Jim Anderton has described paua smuggling as big business and is concerned about the threat posed to New Zealand’s economic well-being. High volumes of low-quality illegal exports reduce the reputation of New Zealand’s products. As well as depleting the stock, paua poaching could have a devastating impact on the legitimate seafood industry. The detector dogs have been trained by Quarantine Services staff and will operate around the country at points where there is a likelihood of poached paua leaving New Zealand.

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