Stiff fines over il­le­gal catches

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

Viet­namese fishermen have risked fac­ing max­i­mum fines of up to $117,000 each af­ter be­ing caught with more than 50 il­le­gal fish at Morris Ck.

Tuong Minh Huynh and Van Leo Nguyen were both charged with fail­ing to com­ply with reg­u­lated fish­ing ap­para- two counts of un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of reg­u­lated fish and un­law­fully dam­ag­ing a ma­rine plant. Huynh was also charged with ob­struct­ing an of­fi­cer.

The court heard 12 un­der­sized mud crabs, five bro­ken man­groves, and 56 un­der­sized fish were found in their posTWO ses­sion on May 13.

When fish­eries of­fi­cers were pa­trolling at Morris Ck 1.42pm, they no­ticed a ve­hi­cle of in­ter­est in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was parked at the boat ramp.

They searched the ve­hi­cle and found Huynh nearby.

Pros­e­cu­tor Trevor Thom­son from the Boat­ing and Fish­tuses, eries Depart­ment told the court there was a sig­nif­i­cant need for de­ter­rence in this case.

He sought for­fei­ture of the fish, crabs and man­grove.

Huynh was fined $10,000 and Nguyen was fined $9,000 and both were or­dered to pay $86.40 in court costs.

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