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Fisheries Victoria officers seize over 60 snapper

by Melanie Curtis on 9 Mar 2013
DPI Victoria .
More than 60 snapper, taken by two men at Swan Bay in Queenscliff this week, were seized by Fisheries Victoria officers.

Fisheries Victoria Regional Fisheries Manager Paul Millar said Geelong fisheries officers were undertaking routine patrols at the Swan Bay boat ramp when they inspected the vessel with two men onboard.

'One man was a 51 year-old from Winchelsea and another a 55 year-old from Deans Marsh. 'Officers seized the vessel and 62 snapper from the men and it will be alleged they were taken for the purpose of selling them,' he said.

Mr Millar said there will be an ongoing investigation into the matter and it is likely the two men will be charged on summons with exceeding the catch limits for snapper.

He reminded fishers that the catch limit for snapper is 10, of which no more than three fish may be equal to or exceed 40cm in length.

Anyone who sees or suspects illegal fishing activity is urged to contact the 24-hour fisheries offence reporting line 13 FISH (13 3474).
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