Police are looking for a man who poached 272 undersized paua
in Hicks Bay on the East Coast of the North Island.
The haul of shucked paua and a four-wheel drive vehicle were
The driver of the 4WD, a youth under 14, was arrested but his
adult companion is still on the run.
"We know who he is but police are still looking for him,"
said Ministry of Fisheries district compliance officer Tom
Teneti. "He's a transient individual."
Mr Teneti says there were no words to express how he felt
about the theft.
"You're robbing from the next generation. It impacts on the
local community as well."
The shucked paua have been returned to the sea. Dead or
alive, it is normal process to return stolen and undersize
paua to the ecosystem, Mr Teneti said.
- Gisborne Herald