20th May 2022 By Staff Reporter | email@example.com | @foodtickernz
A man has been banned from fishing and sentenced to home detention for his part in taking 319 pāua to sell on the black market.
Most of the pāua – some 207 – were undersized. The daily legal limit is 10 per person, with a minimum size of 125mm.
At sentencing in the Wellington District Court, the court took into account that Felesese Sam Pati, 45, of Wellington, was a recidivist offender with regard to pāua poaching.
He was prohibited from fishing for three years and sentenced to home detention for six months, following a successful prosecution by Ministry for Primary Industries on two charges under the Fisheries Act 1996.
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