A Northland man has been fined $800 for fishing in a marine reserve in Whangarei harbour.
The 47-year-old was seen fishing last March in the Motukaroro section on the reserve, and reported to the Department of Conservation (DoC) by a member of the public.
His fishing gear was seized, and he pleaded guilty this week in the Whangarei District Court to taking marine life and giving a false name.
DoC's Whangarei manager Geoff Woodhouse said DoC was also dealing with offences in two other Northland conservation areas, Otamure and Papakanui.
"People breaking laws can expect a tougher stance from DoC and we will be working closely with police when needed," Mr Woodhouse said.
"We encourage members of the public to report any offences to DoC offices with as much information as possible."
He said the bylaw offences at Otamure campground resulted in a trespass notice and police were investigating the incident at Papakanui which involved alcohol and firearm use.