16 May 2012

Oyang 77 skipper accused of illegal dumping

12:27 pm on 16 May 2012

The skipper of a Korean fishing boat has been charged with illegally dumping fish and misreporting its catch.

The Ministry for Primary Industries has laid eight charges against the captain and has also charged the factory manager of the Oyang 77 on three counts.

The ministry's deputy director-general, Scott Gallacher, says the papers were served on the pair late on Tuesday.

Mr Gallacher says the New Zealand fishing industry has a good level of compliance with regulations, but breaches do occur from time to time.

Commercial fishing relies largely on the honesty of fishermen and their understanding that complying with regulations ensures the sustainability of the resource they depend on for their business, he says.

The men are due to appear in court in July.