Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Fishing company fined $36,000 for misreporting

Fishing company fined $36,000 for misreporting catch

A Tauranga fishing company was fined $36,000 yesterday (29 April) after being convicted of three charges of misreporting catch involving 5.1 tonnes of snapper and gurnard.

RMD Marine Limited pleaded guilty to the charges of making misleading statements in its Monthly Harvest Returns, before Judge Harding in the Tauranga District Court

The charges related to fishing returns filed in October, November and December 2005.

Senior Fisheries Prosecutor Morgan Dunn told the Court that the Ministry of Fisheries accepted that there was no intent by the company to defraud the Quota Management System (QMS) and that it was a case of sloppy record keeping,

Judge Harding said that the fine effectively removed any profit from the offending and was a clear indication from the Court, even if the offending was accidental to start with.

Ministry of Fisheries Investigation Manager Mark Nicholson said outside Court that filing misleading returns undermines the QMS, which is the key to sustainably managing our fisheries.

Mr Nicholson said the QMS is based on setting annual catch limits for each fish species and rigorously monitoring how much fish is being caught against these limits.

“The system relies on fishers accurately and honestly reporting their catch to MFish every month.”

“Sloppy, slow or inaccurate reporting by fishers all threaten the sustainability of New Zealand’s fish stocks, as fisheries managers are left making decisions with flawed information. The Court is clearly indicating that such practices will not be tolerated.

“These fisheries belong to all New Zealanders, and protecting their sustainability is something MFish takes very seriously.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election