Three caught fish­ing il­le­gally

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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 or call 13 25 23.

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