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Sealord Condemns Dumping Of Fish

9 June 2008
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Sealord Condemns Dumping Of Fish

Sealord strongly condemns the actions of the men convicted of dumping Southern Blue Whiting from the FV Aorere, says Chief Executive Graham Stuart.
"Sealord does not condone dumping because it undermines the Quota Management System (QMS). We fully support the QMS and we spend considerable time and effort instructing and training our crews to comply with fisheries law."
"Sealord did not know of the dumping at the time it occurred - that has been acknowledged in Judge Walker's decision in Mr Harding's hearing where the Court said: 'It is the informants case that Sealord Charters Limited knew nothing of the dumping and took no action which was part of the dumping.'
"We therefore opposed forfeiture of the vessel, on the sentencing of the three crew who have been convicted, because we considered that forfeiture unfairly impacted on Sealord which was not a party to dumping."
Mr Stuart said Sealord no longer chartered the Aorere and had fully co-operated with the Ministry of Fisheries during their investigation.



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