$13K FINE FOR IL­LE­GAL CATCH

Bund­aberg crab­ber fined $13,300 for range of of­fences

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AN IL­LE­GAL catch has cost a Bund­aberg fisher $13,300 af­ter he was fined for a num­ber of crab­bing of­fences, in­clud­ing us­ing too many pots.

Queens­land Boat­ing and Fish­eries Pa­trol dis­trict manager Greg Bow­ness said the fine handed down by the Bund­aberg Mag­is­trates Court last week was for pos­sess­ing fe­male and un­der­sized mud crabs and us­ing ex­cess crab pots.

“QBFP ap­proached the crab­ber at a boat ramp in the Gre­gory River near Woodgate af­ter see­ing a quan­tity of crab pots stacked near his ves­sel,” he said.

“The crab­ber had a to­tal of nine pots in his pos­ses­sion, and on closer in­spec­tion they were found to con­tain 40 fe­male mud crabs and seven un­der­sized mud crabs.

“Of­fi­cers seized the ex­cess crab pots and re­turned the crabs to the wa­ter alive.” Mr Bow­ness said reg­u­lated prod­uct must be im­me­di­ately sorted and re­leased at the point of cap­ture and should not be moved or taken back to the ramp for sorting.

“In de­ter­min­ing the fine, the mag­is­trate is­sued a penalty of $150 per un­der­size crab, $250 per fe­male crab and $250 for each ex­cess pot,” he said.

“The fine demon­strates the se­ri­ous­ness of the of­fences, which pose a threat to the lo­cal mud crab breed­ing pop­u­la­tion.”

Mr Bow­ness said fish­ing rules for gear and pos­ses­sion lim­its were in place for com­mer­cial and recre­ational fish­ers to pro­tect our fish­eries re­sources.

“It’s im­por­tant that ev­ery­one abides by the rules to as­sist long-term sus­tain­abil­ity and re­source shar­ing,” he said.

Phone 1800 017 116 to re­port il­le­gal fish­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Queens­land fish­ing rules, visit www.fish­eries.qld. gov.au

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

IL­LE­GAL AC­TIV­ITY: A Bund­aberg fisher has been fined $13,300 for a num­ber of crab­bing of­fences in­clud­ing too many pots.

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