Fish­ing di­rec­tor con­victed

The Hastings Mail - - FRONT PAGE - MARTY SHARPE

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.

PHOTO: MARTY SHARPE/STUFF

Napier’s MTG (Mu­seum, The­atre, Gallery) could hold only 40 per cent of the re­gion’s col­lec­tion.

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