P for Paua

This story for New Zealand Geographic magazine took a few years in the making until I had enough strong photographs. The article talks about the link between poaching and a connection to the trade in methamphetamine or P.

Paua (abalone) is a shellfish important for the local economy and export industry. There is also a massive black market and poachers are stripping New Zealand’s coastlines. I joined fishery officers on their operations to catch offenders and preserve this precious shellfish for our next generation. Thanks to the officers in Whangarei and Ahipara for taking me along.

To check out the story click here.