Big fine issued for illegal netting

Catching and keeping undersized fish

Following notification from a concerned member of the general public, the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol caught a fisher south of Townsville with an illegal catch and equipment.  Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities, The Honourable Mark Furner said, “This is a great example of QBFP using the latest technology to build a case against repeated offending”, as the QBFP had been actively watching the fisher’s activities, including the use of drones.

The fisher pleaded guilty to possessing:

  • 2 fishing nets
  • unmarked crab pot
  • 17 undersize mud crab
  • 3 barramundi less than 58cm
  • 1 giant queen fish less than 50cm
  • 3 mud crab claws without the carapace
  • 5 female mud crab claws without the carapace
  • 8 mud crabs in excess of the limit.

If you witness any suspicious fishing activities, you can make report via the toll-free 24-hour Fishwatch 1800 017 116 Hotline.

To read the full Ministerial Media Statement regarding this matter go to: https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/94926

Photo courtesy of the Queensland State Government.