[26 October/New Zealand Herald]

There has been a significant increase in illegal selling of seafood via Facebook. So far this year, the Ministry for Primary Industries had received more than 160 calls and emails reporting separate Facebook posts of people selling recreationally caught seafood. Buying and selling recreationally caught seafood, as well as swapping it, are offences against the Fisheries Act, and can result in fines of up to $250,000. The ministry was expecting to see an increase in illegal selling as warmer weather set in and would investigate every incident that was reported.