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Paua and crayfish black market busted

NEW ZEALAND
Thursday, September 03, 2015, 03:10 (GMT + 9)

Fisheries officers shut down black market fishing operations, mainly focused on trading paua and crayfish, and seized assets around the Hawkes Bay and Gisborne in an effort to crack down on illegal seafood trade. Media sources consulted by FIS.com reported that the move, which is part of the so called Operation River, implied searching for evidence of illegal fishing operations at Hastings, Napier and Mahia, where recreational and commercial fishers were suspected of illegally selling paua and crayfish. As part of Operation River, which was set by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), compliance officers have so far reported the following: Executing search warrants on 22 dwellings; Inspecting commercial fishing premises in Hastings and Napier; Interviewing 31 people; Seizing one commercial fishing vessel, three recreational fishing vessels, on... FULL STORY

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