A Christchurch man has been fined for taking too many pāua, many of them undersized, off Akaroa.
Haiqiang Lin pleaded guilty in Christchurch District Court last month to gathering three times the legal limits of pāua and cats' eyes.
A Ministry for Primary Industries spokesperson, Howard Reid, said fishery officers on patrol became suspicious of Lin and pulled him over in March.
He said Lin had 48 black-foot pāua, 45 of which were undersize, and 70 cat's eyes.
Taking undersized and excess pāua was particularly damaging, because they took a long time to grow, Mr Reid said.
Lin was fined $2000 and ordered to pay court costs of $390.