An­glers to have a day in court

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

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.

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