A Dunedin fishing company has been ordered to forfeit its vessel and been fined after it was found breaking the rules eight times. The MPI issued a Forfeiture Notice stating that Anderson Fishing Companys vessel, Naturaliste II, and associated fishing equipment has been handed over to the crown. MPI’s regional fisheries compliance manager Garreth Jay says the company was caught set netting within the four-nautical-mile prohibited area on eight separate occasions…which is against the law. As a result the company has been fined $4000 in the Dunedin District Court and its vessel and equipment forfeited. Forfeiture of a boat is mandatory unless the court finds special reasons not to. According to the Companies Office website, Anderson Fishing Company is owned by Brock and Nicola Anderson of Waikouaiti just north of Dunedin.
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