Foot chase leads to arrest of man as part of investigation into illegal sale of Paua

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Fishery officers attempted to intercept a sale of two one-liter buckets of pāua online after receiving at least 65 notifications from the public.  (File photo).

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Fishery officers attempted to intercept a sale of two one-liter buckets of pāua online after receiving at least 65 notifications from the public. (File photo).

A man fled the fishery officers on foot unsuccessfully after he allegedly tried to sell liter containers of pāua for $ 50 apiece on Facebook.

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) said it had received at least 65 public notifications of a man selling the buckets.

It is illegal to sell, trade or trade fish and shellfish caught for recreational purposes.

MPI’s acting deputy chief executive officer for compliance and governance, Gary Orr, said an informant contacted the agency on Friday morning, claiming that a man linked to the Facebook posts was on a site of Lower Hutt to sell two containers of pāua.

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“Fishery officers approached the alleged seller, who was on foot, and while they were talking to him, he fled. After a short chase he was arrested for obstructing fishery officers and taken to Lower Hutt police station, ”Orr said.

A photo from a Facebook Marketplace post, believed to be linked to the investigation, claimed the owner had 14 liters of pāua to sell.

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A photo from a Facebook Marketplace post, believed to be linked to the investigation, claimed the owner had 14 liters of pāua to sell.

His alleged activities are now the subject of an ongoing investigation which could lead to charges.

A Facebook Marketplace article, believed to be linked to the investigation, claimed the owner had 14 liters of pāua for sale in the Lower Hutt area. The seller has been approached for comments.

Public vigilance and the compliance work of MPI fishery officers led to the man’s location and arrest, Orr said.

“I would like to thank all members of the public who took the time and effort to contact us regarding this particular offense and other violations.

“Our fishery officers do a great job of protecting our kaimoana for future generations, and we rely on the goodwill and participation of the public to do so,” said Orr.

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