Fines totaling $ 4,000 were imposed on three people who illegally took shellfish at a closed beach in Auckland.
There are 18 signs at Eastern Beach warning that it is closed to shellfish harvesting, to replenish the population.
But in March last year, fishery officers caught Jonathan Farrow-Russell, 35, Milika Tulikihakau, 22, and Connie Carter Pooi, 24, with around 1,000 hulls between them.
The trio claimed they did not see the signs and did not know the beach was closed, the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) said.
MPI ended up taking legal action against them and they were convicted by the Manukau District Court last week.
Farrow-Russell was fined $ 1,000 and ordered to pay $ 130 in court costs, while Tulikihakau and Pooi were each fined $ 1,500 plus $ 130 in court costs.