Bag of crabs lands man in court

Kwinana Courier - - Street Watch -

A CA­SUAL chat on the Man­gles Bay fore­shore has ended in court for a man who was seen by Fish­eries of­fi­cers with more than a dive bag full of crabs.

Philip Michael Wise­man sent an en­dorsed plea of guilty to Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trates Court on Au­gust 28 for con­tra­ven­ing an or­der of the min­is­ter by recre­ation­ally fish­ing in Cock­burn Sound.

The Fish­eries prose­cu­tor said of­fi­cers saw the man chat­ting to another man on the beach at Man­gles Bay at 10.45am on March 2, 2017.

He was wear­ing a wet­suit and hold­ing dive gear, in­clud­ing a catch bag.

He no­ticed the of­fi­cers then be­gan tip­ping the con­tents of his catch bag back into the wa­ter. Of­fi­cers shouted for him to stop sev­eral times to be­fore they caught up with him. When they did, they saw blue manna crabs swim­ming away.

A wit­ness had also seen a fur­ther two crabs in an esky in his car, but Wise­man claimed to have caught them ear­lier in Warn­bro Sound.

He told of­fi­cers he wasn’t aware that crab­bing wasn’t al­lowed in Man­gles Bay due to it be­ing part of Cock­burn Sound.

Mag­is­trate Vi­vian Ed­wards fined him $600, along with $200 for the crabs.

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