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Talley’s Amaltal fined $27k for marine reserve fishing

11th March 2021 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

Talley’s deep-water fishing division has been fined $27,600 for illegal bottom trawling in a marine reserve.

Amaltal Fishing Company received its sentence in the Nelson District Court yesterday after last year being convicted for fishing in Hikurangi Marine Reserve, contrary to the Marine Reserves Act 1971, with its vessel the Amaltal Mariner.

Charges were brought by the Ministry for Primary Industries following the incident in March 2019 when the vessel started a tow outside the Hikurangi Marine Reserve, off the Kaikōura coast, and crossed the line into the reserve.

It trawled along the reserve seafloor for 10 to 12 minutes, during which time its net was estimated to have caught 104 kilograms of fish. It was processed and sold with the rest of the catch from the trip, with an estimated retail value of $489.58.

The vessel’s skipper was sentenced and fined $15,525 last year.

He had charts onboard that showed the Hikurangi Marine Reserve but it was not marked on the vessel’s plotter, according to MPI.

Hikurangi Marine Reserve encompasses the Kaikōura Canyon, a biologically rich marine ecosystem which is totally protected from fishing, MPI fisheries compliance manager Steve Ham said.

“We expect fishing companies and skippers to know the rules before they go out and we expect them to comply with them,” Ham added.

The Amaltal Fishing Company was wholly owned by the Amaltal Corporation Ltd, which in turn was wholly owned by the Talley’s Group Ltd.



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