Big fine for breach of quota
A crayfisherman who exceeded his western rock lobster quota by 49.1kg has been fined more than $12,000.
Gregory John Raymond did not appear for sentencing in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court last month but entered an endorsed plea of guilty for two counts of contravening a provision of a management plan.
The court was told the Geraldton man was entitled to catch 11,478.4kg of western rock lobster from Zone B throughout the season.
But on January 11, 2016, Raymond exceeded his allowed limit by 18.1kg.
Two days later he took an additional 31kg, exceeding his authorised amount by 49.1kg. Raymond told the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development he had asked his wife to monitor his entitlement as he wasn’t good with numbers.
A representative from the department told the court Raymond’s wife did not use the correct weights and the accused had failed to implement a cross-checking process.
Raymond was fined $4000 for both offences and ordered to pay $744.35 in court costs. Magistrate Steven Wilson fined Raymond an additional $1520 for the first offence and $2597 for the second offence.