Despite demands from the public, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has advised it is not safe to eat the kaimoana seized during sting operations, RNZ reports. Earlier this month, more than 150 undersized pāua and nearly 3000 cockles that had been illegally harvested in Auckland, were returned to the sea. MPI Director Gary Orr said there’s no assurance as to how the seafood was handled prior to the sting, and it would be risky to donate it to food banks.