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More than 3000 pipi seized in ‘shock’ find in BOP

The seized pipi. Supplied photo.

Two men are likely to face court action after being found in possession of 3526 pipi taken from the Ohiwa Harbour near Kutarere in the Bay of Plenty.

Ministry for Primary Industries spokesman Richard Ratapu says the men were caught with the illegal take during a routine inspection.

He says fishery officers were shocked by the find.

“These men’s actions are extremely disappointing. They have shown a complete disregard for the daily legal pipi recreational allowance of 150 per person and have given no thought to the sustainability of Ohiwa Harbour’s pipi stocks. A quarter of the pipi were far too small to even consider eating.

“What is also concerning is that the men are local. We would expect them to have a greater knowledge of the law, as well as the impact their actions could have on the ability of other pipi gatherers to collect their own legal take.”

The pipi were seized and returned immediately to the sea.

Ricahrd says the Ohiwa pipi beds are an important source of kaimoana to the local community and visitors alike, and it is essential everybody plays their part in protecting it for future generations.

He says fishery officers closely monitor the area, and anyone taking more than their daily limit can expect to be held to account.

To report any suspicious fishing activity, please call the MPI 0800 4 POACHER line, 0800 447 6224.

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Are you kidding!

Posted on 21-05-2019 13:01 | By Lvdw

"likely to face court action " Throw the book at them.

Ratbags of the highest order

Posted on 20-05-2019 13:22 | By jimmyant

Lets hope that they get a suitably deterrent punishment and not a slap over the wrist. There can never be any excuse for abuse of the limits at that level.

They need to get nailed

Posted on 20-05-2019 12:09 | By normal local

"likely to face court action" isn’t good enough. No-one should get away with this. They need to be hit as hard as they can be to try and discourage others from continuing to disregard the daily limit. They knew what they were doing was illegal.

I SEE

Posted on 20-05-2019 11:48 | By The Caveman

Another WET BUS TICKET about to be issued !!