FISHING LAW­BREAK­ERS

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Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries fish­eries of­fi­cers de­tected close to 50 fish­eries of­fences dur­ing ves­sel and land-based pa­trols in the days lead­ing up to and in­clud­ing Auck­land An­niver­sary. MPI spokesman Mike Sim­mons said that from Jan­uary 25 to 30, of­fi­cers con­ducted pa­trols in the Coro­man­del and Bay of Plenty ar­eas, where a large num­ber of fish­eries-re­lated of­fences by recre­ational fish­ers was un­cov­ered. ‘‘It is very dis­ap­point­ing that peo­ple con­tinue to take un­der­sized and ex­cess fish,’’ he said.

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