Crayfish Seized in Massive Sting

Date: 1/7/2014

New Zealand’s 12-month Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) operation targeted recreational fishermen catching and selling rock lobster/crayfish.

An undercover compliance officer bought 1200 cooked crayfish from
recreational fishermen during the sting. Ten cars, five boats and a
tractor were seized. Selling rock lobster is punishable by up to five
years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. A restaurant in Christchurch
and a food wholesaler were also caught.

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