Three caught fishing illegally
THREE men have been fined $1100 each after being caught using a commercial fishing net on the Cooya Beach foreshore.
Last Thursday night Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) responded to information received about netting activities from a member of the public.
When they went to investigate, they caught the three men, from Wonga Beach and Cairns, illegally fishing near Muddy Creek.
A QBFP officer said they seized an 80m net which was set on the foreshore between Muddy Creek and Cooya Beach. The net was consistent with those used by commercial fishermen.
All three men were questioned by fisheries officers and have been issued Fisheries Infringement Notices and fined $1,100 each for using a commercial fishing net without the appropriate permit or authority.
‘‘Recreational fishers are reminded that a number of restrictions apply to fishing gear used in Queensland tidal waters,’’ a QBFP spokesman said.
The QFBP relies on members of the public to help report illegal fishing practices and anyone who knows of illegal fishing activities is encouraged to report to the 24-hour Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 166.
For more information on recreational fishing rules and restrictions and to obtain a copy of the boating and fishing guide fo to www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.