Lobster poacher loses boat

Date: 27/03/2009

Ian Wotherspoon, a 47 year old builder’s labourer from Whangamata, New Zealand, was caught taking illegal quantities of rock lobster and ordered to pay $3820 in fines. His 4.4m boat, 40 hp outboard and 11 lobster pots were forfeited to the crown. The charges included using more than the allowed three lobster pots, having more than three times his daily limit, having undersized lobster, having lobster ‘in berry’ (carrying external eggs), using pots without his name on them and using pots without apertures through which the undersized lobster could escape. Lobster rules visit


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