An amateur Bay of Plenty fisher who caught and sold over 200 flounder has had her boat seized. 52 year old Patricia Jean Townsend was also fined $2,000 by Tauranga District Court judge Thomas Ingram after pleading guilty to a single Fisheries Act offence. Over an eleven-month period between January 2020 and February 2021. Ms Townsend would travel to Maketu and search for flounder in the shallow waters of the Harbour. She would then on sell the flounder, for about $5 per fish and had such a customer base, she would send text messages to prospective buyers informing them when she had a stock of the fish.
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