Trawler spotted fishing in Whale Island zone ahead of tournaments

A 282-tonne Sanford deep sea trawler has recently been spotted fishing inside the Whale Island zone.

Eastern Bay fishermen have an informal agreement with Sanford to not trawl Whale Island within two weeks of annual recreational fishing tournaments.

The juniors' tournament begins tomorrow.

Whakatane Sport Fishing Club's Goose Haddock says its not great to see.

He says its not a good look, and there is an unwritten rule that the trawlers try and keep out of there when the fish are spawning.

Sam Gardner