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.
Ministry for Primary Industries fishery officers have returned almost 600 undersized pāua to the sea near Napier after several large-scale pāua busts that occurred over one day.
Three groups of recreational divers face prosecution after being nabbed with a total of almost 400 illegally caught pāua in the Wellington region over the weekend.
Two weeks after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, relocation efforts continue of affected pāua along the Kaikōura coast.
Research will get underway next week to determine the impact of the Kaikōura earthquake on the local rock lobster (crayfish) stock.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will be working with community volunteers and iwi to relocate a small amount of pāua at Goose Bay, Kaikōura.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is asking the public to refrain from attempting to rescue pāua affected by the Kaikōura earthquake.