Kaipara Harbour’s scallop season runs until March 31.
The minimum legal size in the harbour is 100 millimetres, measured across the widest part of the shell.
The legal bag limit is 20 per fisher per day. In addition, divers may take an extra bag for each of up to two people on board a boat, provided they are acting as safety people for the divers.
When dredging for scallops, only those actively involved in fishing are entitled to a daily bag limit.
Fishery officers will be inspecting scallop catches. Fines of $250 to $500 per offence can be imposed and serious breaches can result in penalties of up to $250,000 plus confiscation of diving gear, boats and vehicles.
Report any offences to 0800 4 POACHER (0800-476-224).
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