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Invercargill District Court.
Southland fishing company fined $ 18,000 and its boat captain $ 6,750 for setting nets in marine protected areas, removing shark fins and throwing bodies at sea.
The fishing boat Jacob, valued at $ 221,000 was also seized, along with six set nets.
The estimated value of their catch sold was close to $ 50,000.
Following guilty pleas, Jacob Fishing Limited and their fishing boat captain Phillip James Turner (46) were convicted by Invercargill District Court on five counts filed by the Department of Primary Industries ( MPI).
MPI’s regional fisheries compliance officer Garreth Jay said the sanctions should send a strong message to all commercial fishermen – they need to know exactly where they are setting up their fishing gear.
“Set nets in marine protected areas or in four nautical mile marine mammal protection areas are prohibited. Most commercial fishermen follow the rules closely. “
The violation occurred during the months of October, November and December 2019. It was detected through the analysis of electronic declarations, as well as the work of the fishery officers who boarded the vessel and examined the electronic data of the vessel.
In October, there were instances of set nets at Howells Point, Riverton and Pahia in the four nautical mile no-go zone.
MPI also received information from the public that in June 2020, the crew removed the fins of at least 10 school sharks in Dusky Sound and dumped the bodies in the Sound, after hauling fixed nets from the shore. exterior of Fiordland.
“It is illegal to remove a shark’s fins and throw the body into the sea. If MPI becomes aware of this type of behavior, we will investigate and can take the matter to court,” Jay said.