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Fishing Boat Skipper Fined For Illegal Dumping Of Fish

A Christchurch-based fisherman who had earlier entered a guilty plea to misreporting his catch was fined $10,000 and his commercial fishing vessel forfeited. Dale Robert Robertson (40) was charged with making a false statement in a fishing return by misreporting the amount of barracouta, gurnard and spiny dogfish taken. The investigation started after recreational fishers had observed a fishing vessel working near the coast, south of Kaikoura. They saw the boat pull up a net then throwing fish back into the sea.

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