Newshub reveals fisheries officers will start using body cameras to record video and audio when investigating illegal fishing following a surge in violence and abuse towards staff. Fisheries officers have been hit with cars, assaulted, and intimidated, all while just trying to verify whether people are taking excess or undersized fish. Summaries of court cases released to Newshub reveal a history of violent interactions. Gary Orr, head of compliance at MPI, says it’s “unacceptable” and that’s why cameras are being rolled out to help prevent violence.
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