Anglers to have a day in court
A WANGARATTA man aged 65 and a Rutherglen man aged 76 are to face court after they were apprehended along the Murray River near Corowa for alleged fisheries offences involving Murray crayfish on August 23.
NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) director of fisheries compliance, Patrick Tully, said the Rutherglen man had previous fisheries convictions while it was the first time the Wangaratta man had come to the attention of fisheries officers.
“Fisheries officers will allege the two men used a wire trap to take 27 Murray crayfish, including 20 prohibited size and six carrying eggs (or ova),” Mr Tully said.
“The men are now liable to face charges for a range of serious fisheries offences which carry a cumulative maximum penalty in excess of $200,000 and or five years imprisonment.
“NSW recreational freshwater fishing laws are designed to protect, conserve and improve our fisheries resources for future generations.
“Anyone found fishing other than in accordance with the rules can expect to be treated like an illegal fisher,” Mr Tully said.
All 27 Murray crayfish were returned to the water alive.
Information on freshwater fishing rules can be found online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/ recreational/freshwater.
Murray crayfish have a daily bag limit of two and the possession limit is four.
Recreational fishers are also reminded that the annual Murray crayfish season closed on Friday, September 1 this year.
Any suspected illegal fishing activity can be reported to the Fishers Watch phone line on 1800 043 536.