Compliance check point proves a timely reminder
4 December 2008
A recent joint-force compliance check point has served as a reminder to the public that they can receive heavy infringements, have property seized and potentially face prosecution if they don’t follow fishing rules.
The Ministry of Fisheries North Auckland compliance team, in conjunction with the New Zealand Police, conducted a vehicle check point along Whangaparaoa Road near Gulf Harbour in November.
Fishery officers and honorary fishery officers conducted recreational checks on 49 vehicles leaving the Whangaparaoa Peninsula to detect non-compliance against fisheries regulations.
Fisheries related offences were detected including possession of undersize rock lobster, scallops and snapper as well as excess cockles. All of which are currently under investigation.
“People should be aware that they can receive heavy infringements, have property seized that was used in the commission of the offence, and face prosecution. On conviction seized property can also be forfeit to the crown,” says Greg Keys, District Compliance Manager in North Auckland.
“Fisheries rules are there to protect our valuable marine resource for everybody and the recent check point is a timely reminder in the lead up to summer,” says Mr Keys.
“Those who are considering ignoring fishing rules for their own benefit should be aware that their chances if being caught are high and the consequences potentially serious.”
He says the check point also provided a good opportunity to educate the public about fisheries rules and regulations and anyone wanting to find out about daily catch and size limits should refer to the MFish website.
If anyone witnesses any suspicious or illegal fishing they should contact MFish on 0800 4 POACHER (0800 4 76224).