What has been the result of enforcement action taken by the Ministry of Fisheries under Operation PAID and Taskforce Webb?
Last month the offenders involved in Taskforce Webb were sentenced. Aurora Fisheries Ltd and Kanai Fishing, along with key individuals involved, were convicted and fined a total of $840,000, bringing the total penalties in relation to this case to $4.1 million. This is the most significant penalty ever achieved by the ministry, and is a signal of the seriousness that the courts place on fisheries offending. Secondly, Operation PAID—a 2-year operation—netted a total of 53 defendants, who faced 321 charges. Most of the defendants have now been sentenced, 28 of them to prison time.