Stiff fines over illegal catches
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.