Bored suburbanites like to dabble in risk, and I never understood the term black market, other than it was offensive.
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) compliance officers today terminated an operation against four groups in Auckland who were selling seafood.
MPI compliance officers supported, by the NZ Police, executed search warrants on five South Auckland properties that were identified, from a Facebook page, selling seafood to the public.
MPI compliance officers are talking to ten people in relation to the operation. Investigations are continuing with a view to laying charges under the Fisheries Act.
MPI Compliance Director Dean Baigent says compliance officers learned that a Facebook page was being used for one-off sales of seafood in Auckland and that the page had more than 400 followers.
MPI has been monitoring these groups and has received numerous reports from the public of this illegal activity.