Big fine for breach of quota

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS -

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.

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