A compromise has been reached allowing the Moeraki mataitai
to be approved, albeit with different boundaries, 10 years
after it was first proposed, but commercial paua divers still
have concerns about its potential impact on the Otago paua
Penalties totalling $367,709 have been imposed on a foreign
fishing company and two of its crew after they admitted
"trucking" - taking fish from one quota area and misreporting
that it had come from the neighbouring zone.
Fishing boats will have to tie up and crew may leave for
other jobs unless the Ministry of Fisheries increases the
flatfish quota, and does so quickly, those connected with the
Otago fishing industry say.