Sanford slapped with fine and ordered to forfeit $20m boat

Brent Melville
Tue, 23 Feb 2021

New Zealand's largest fishing company, Sanford, has been ordered to forfeit its $20 million deep sea trawler, the San Waitaki, and fined $36,000 for illegally fishing in a benthic protected area in 2017 and 2018.In a judgment by Judge Stephen O'Driscoll in the Christchurch District Court today, the company, along with its vessel master Grant Walker and first mate William Lash, were convicted for illegal bottom trawling in the Puysegur Benthic Protection Area southwest of Stewart Island.Sanford was convicted on 3 representative charges....

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