MPI fishery officers have caught 6 adults, with 5 children in tow, in possession of a large haul of illegally taken crayfish and kina from the Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve in Gisborne.
Fishery officers were extremely disappointed when they discovered the contents of a backpack belonging to the divers with 37 crayfish, 22 of which were undersized.
This offending comes after a group of people were sentenced last month for taking a large amount of crayfish and kina from the same reserve. Those people were caught in a joint operation between MPI and DoC.
"The reserve is a precious marine environment and is protected for good reason. Most people respect the fact that diving and fishing here is absolutely off-limits. It is a small minority who don't.
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