17 Nov 2011

Fisheries charges laid against Korean officers

12:44 pm on 17 November 2011

Five Korean officers including the captain of fishing vessel Oyang 75 have been charged with breaches of the Fisheries Act.

Officers have been the subject of investigations by three government departments amid claims the crew were mistreated and not paid their wages.

None of the five charged by the Ministry of Fisheries appeared in court on Thursday.

Their lawyer told the court the men are overseas and steps are being taken to find them.

They collectively face 24 charges including the false reporting of the types of fish they were catching and the dumping of undersized fish.

The captain is also charged with preventing an inspection officer from contacting ministry staff onshore.

The case will next come before the courts in January.