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NEW ZEALAND - Poacher pays high price for trout from hatchery

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Trout poached from Fish & Game’s Ngongotaha hatchery were anything but a free feed for a Rotorua teenager who has paid dearly for his catch. Nineteen year-old Duncan Scowen pleaded guilty in the Rotorua District Court to charges of fishing in hatchery ponds without a licence and being on the grounds unlawfully.He was fined a total of NZ$700, as well as prosecution and court costs.

Fish & Game New Zealand says that action has also been taken against three other people. Fish & Game Regional Manager Andy Garrick says the offending was foolish in the extreme as the site is well protected by surveillance cameras which captured exactly what was happening. As a result of the incidents, security on site has been increased even further to protect hatchery operations from this sort of invasion, Mr Garrick says.

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