An Auckland man has landed a bill for what's possibly the most expensive meal of pāua ever, after being fined $8,500 for buying the shellfish on the black market.
The Ministry for Primary Industries has launched an investigation after the discovery of 2 dead Hector’s dolphins in separate parts of the country.
Fisheries officers are appealing to the public to ensure they’re up to speed with the rules around collecting toheroa, now that the rare shellfish are making a comeback to 90 Mile Beach.
A father and son duo have been fined a total of almost $4,000 after being caught running an illegal black market crayfish operation from their home in Whangarei.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today issued a public health warning advising the public not to collect or consume shellfish harvested from the coastline between the Whakatane Heads and the Waioeka River mouth in Opotiki. The warning also includes the Ohiwa Harbour.
Vigilant members of the public are being praised for helping to uncover a haul of over more than 300 illegally taken scallops by 2 divers in an incident at Whangarei Heads.
Two newly-appointed Ministry for Primary Industries fisheries officers have made the largest pāua bust in the Auckland region in more than a decade.
A routine MPI weekend patrol results in the discovery of an illegal haul of almost 300 undersized pāua.
The public is being asked for its views on a proposed extension to the current ban on collecting shellfish and seaweed along the Kaikōura and Cape Campbell coastlines.
MPI is appealing to recreational fishers to fish responsibly in Kaikōura this summer to help the rock lobster (crayfish) fishery recover from the recent earthquakes.