A paua poacher has been sentenced to 11 months in prison
after being caught with over 10 times the daily paua limit.
Day Van Tang, 30, was found guilty in Nelson District Court
yesterday after he was caught with two sacks containing 139
paua, most of which were undersized.
Tang admitted knowing the daily limit and said he did not
measure any of the shellfish, Ministry for Primary Industries
Nelson/Marlborough District compliance manager Ian Bright
The court also banned him from fishing for three years, and
the vehicle and gear used in the offending were seized.
Tang was caught following a paua hunt with his brother, Hanh
Tang, at a secluded spot on the Kaikoura coast in July last
year, Mr Bright said.
Fishery officers apprehended the pair as they were returning
to Nelson following a tip-off from the public. Hanh Tang was
Mr Bright said he was pleased to see the courts sending a
strong message that this kind of blatant poaching would not
"This isn't the first time [Day Van] Tang has been in front
of the courts for offences involving paua and it goes to show
that the message simply won't get through to some people. I
hope he takes the time to reflect on the foolishness of his
actions. He has a long while to do so," he said.
In 2010 Tang was imprisoned for 12 months after being
convicted on 10 charges including selling, taking or
possessing paua to obtain a benefit.