Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) fishery officers in Auckland had a busy weekend, catching 2 fishers with 211 kahawai on Saturday after they’d been fishing at Karioitahi beach, Port Waikato.
The daily bag limit for kahawai is 20 per person and the people involved had more than 5 times the limit each.
"The public are our eyes and ears and MPI is grateful to the person who provided solid information that led to us stopping these people and inspecting their catch when they returned to Auckland,” MPI Regional manager fisheries compliance Phil Tasker says.
"The rules are there for a reason – to protect fishing resources to ensure there are enough fish in the water for generations to come."
In a separate incident, on Sunday MPI fishery officers caught 2 men fishing in the Hauraki Gulf with a haul of 117 undersize pāua, 7 undersize snapper and 1 undersize packhorse lobster.
"Our fishery officers worked with our colleagues in the Auckland Police Maritime Unit on this matter. This was a lot of undersize fish, threatening the sustainability of our shared fishing resources. One of the men – who we’d consider a recidivist fisheries offender – was also arrested by Police for breach of his bail conditions."
All of the fishers involved in these incidents are likely to face prosecution before the courts as MPI considers this serious fisheries offending.
"If you are unsure of the fishing rules the best way to find out is to download the NZ Fishing Rules App and protect our kaimoana for future generations," Mr Tasker says.
MPI encourages people to report suspected illegal activity through the ministry's 0800 4 POACHER number (0800 47 62 24).