Faulty fishing rulers issued
Fishers across the Mid West and Gascoyne have been urged to measure the exact size of their ruler stickers after it was revealed a number of stickers distributed by the Department of Fisheries had incorrect measurements.
Reports from fishers in Shark Bay, Carnarvon and Dongara revealed some stickers they had received from the department were faulty, with one fisher from Shark Bay stating 12cm on a ruler he received was actually 11.5cm when compared with a tape measure.
In one instance, 50cm on the ruler was actually under 49cm on a tape measure.
The department apologised for the error and said leniency would be shown towards fishers who catch slightly undersized fish using faulty fish rulers.
Crucially, however, fishers could still be fined or charged for catching undersized fish given the department said the rulers were produced as a “guide only”.
Bruno Mezzatesta, executive director of regional services at the Department of Fisheries, said they would closely monitor remaining sticker stocks while investigating the possible cause of the fault.
“Over the past two decades, there has been only a handful of reports of faulty stickers,” he said.
The issue isn’t believed to be specific to a particular area.
“More than two million rulers have been printed over more than 20 years with a very small number of reported faults,” Mr Mezzatesta said.
Fishers who believe they may have a faulty sticker should contact their local fisheries office or the outlet where they received the ruler.
A comparison of faulty ruler stickers and a tape measure highlighting the inconsistenices in measurements.