The Department of Conservaiton is pleased with the prosecution of Matiu Hohua aged 39 of Whakatane for breaching the Whitebait Fisheries Act.

The Department of Conservation is pleased with the outcome following last week’s prosecution in the Whakatane District Court.

Local man Matiu Hohua aged 39 of Whakatane was sentenced on Tuesday 26th of April in the Whakatane District Court for breaching the Whitebait Fisheries Act.

On 17th September 2010 Mr Hohua was observed by Department of Conservation Rangers fishing within 20 metres of a structure, the Orini floodgates. There are a number of signs (5) at the floodgates indicating that it is illegal to whitebait fish within 20 metres of the floodgate. Hohua acknowledged that he was aware of the 20 metre rule. He then had his net seized by the Rangers.

On 21 September 2010 Mr Hohua was again observed fishing for whitebait at the Orini canal floodgate. Hohua was spoken to by a Police Officer and was noted by the Officer to be fishing within 3-4 metres of the floodgate.

Mr Hohua was fined $1000 and $130 court cost and had his net forfeited.

Gisborne Whakatane Area Manager, Andy Bassett said “We are very pleased with this outcome, the assistance of the Police in apprehending Mr Hohua is also very good. We hope that by now people get the message strongly, Mr Hohua was a repeat offender and justice was served”.

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