29th March 2021 By Staff Reporter | firstname.lastname@example.org | @foodtickernz
A former master of a Hawke’s Bay fishing vessel has been fined $13,000 for not deploying seabird protection equipment while long-lining for tuna and swordfish.
David Robin Macale was the master of the Stella B at the time of the offending between May and June 2016. The vessel was using the fishing permit of Esplanade No.3 Ltd, which was part of the Hawke’s Bay Seafoods group of companies. Esplanade No.3 Ltd was banned from holding a fishing permit in 2019 and again last year after repeated convictions for serious fisheries-related offending.
Macale was fined $13,000 at the Napier District Court on a single charge covering the 20 occasions he did not deploy seabird-scaring tori lines while fishing off the east coast of the North Island.
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