Poaching in Whangateau Harbour

img_2204This woman was seen recently  gathering cockles in the Whangateau Harbour.

There is currently a ban on the taking of cockles to allow the cockle population to recover from a major die off around five years ago.

The woman indicated she didn’t understand English.

Whangateau Harbourcare Group have written to the Ministry of Primary Industries to ask for signage to be provided in Asian languages so that these people can be made aware of the shellfish ban.

Anyone seeing people breaking fisheries laws is encouraged to phone a fisheries officer on 0800 4 POACHER or 0800 476264.


  1. Jannette Thompson says:

    I hope she was made to tip those cockles out!

  2. Christine Keven says:

    Saw some people fishing there yesterday with a drone to take the line out a long way (I guess past the 900m mark of the reserve). Is this legal?

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