Fishing director convicted
A fishing company director has been convicted and fined for allowing one of his boats to go to sea without an observer on board.
Nino D’Esposito, director of Hawke’s Bay Seafoods, was convicted and sentenced last week for contravening a notice by allowing a vessel to be put to sea at Napier without an observer on board in July 2015.
He appeared before Judge Carolyn Henwood in the Napier District Court. He was fined $5000 and ordered to pay $130 court costs.
Skipper Robert Harvey, also convicted, was fined the same amount and ordered to pay $130 court costs.
Both men were found guilty after a judge-alone trial in February. Both applied unsuccessfully for a discharge without conviction. An application for nonforfeiture of the boat Danielle was declined, and the boat was forfeited to the Crown.
The pair were charged by the Ministry of Primary Industries.
Under the Fisheries Act, anyone who allows a boat to go to sea without a ministry observer can be fined up to $250,000.
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