8 Oct 2018

Taking excess and undersized pāua leads to $2000 fine

6:19 pm on 8 October 2018

A Christchurch man has been fined for taking too many pāua, many of them undersized, off Akaroa.

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Haiqiang Lin was fined $2000 for taking excess and undersized pāua near Akaroa. Photo: pilens/123RF

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.