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Fishers pay for breaking the rules

by DPIPWE Fishing News 3 Dec 2019 05:55 UTC
Commercial rock lobster © DPIPWE Fishing

A recreational fisher was recently fined over $4000 in the Hobart Magistrates Court for taking and possessing undersize abalone and rock lobster and for exceeding abalone catch limits. The offences occurred at Lady Bay near Southport earlier this year.

In a similar conviction, another man was found guilty of multiple charges relating to excess and undersize abalone taken at Sisters Bay near Southport. He was fined $5,250.

Illegal fishing puts the sustainability of our fisheries at risk and steals fishing opportunities from recreational and commercial fishers. Heavy fines apply and gear used in connection with the crime can be confiscated.

If you suspect illegal fishing, call Fishwatch on 0427 655 557.

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