Anderson Fishing Company’s Naturaliste II vessel and co-owner Brock Anderson motors in Otago Harbor in November 2019. Photo / Stephen Jaquiery
A Dunedin fishing company had to give up its vessel and was fined after being found in violation of the rules eight times.
Yesterday, the Department of Primary Industries (MPI) issued a forfeiture notice stating that Anderson Fishing Company Ltd’s vessel, Naturaliste II, and associated fishing gear had been turned over to the crown.
When contacted yesterday, MPI’s regional fisheries compliance officer Garreth Jay said the company had been caught setting nets in the four nautical mile no-go zone eight times.
By law, ships were not allowed to set their nets within four nautical miles of the coast.
As a result, the company was recently fined $ 4,000 by Dunedin District Court and its vessel and equipment had to be confiscated, Jay said.
Confiscation was mandatory unless the court found specific reasons not to do so, he said.
According to the Companies Office website, Anderson Fishing Company was owned by Brock and Nicola Anderson, both of Waikouaiti.
The company’s Facebook page described itself as a local fishing company based in Port Chalmers.
He had 35 working days to request relief from the forfeiture and the company could use the vessel to fish in the meantime, Jay said.
None of the company’s shareholders could be reached for comment yesterday.