Cray­fish­ing limit: Cou­ple fined

Wanneroo Weekender - - News - Mark Don­ald­son

JOONDALUP Mag­is­trates Court showed lit­tle mercy this week to a hus­band and wife, leav­ing them with al­most $47,000 in cray­fish­ing bag limit fines.

The fish­ers were 67 rock lob­sters in excess of their com­bined daily limit of 16, when they caught 83 of the crus­taceans in Novem­ber 2015.

A Fish­eries spokesman said of­fi­cers caught the pair af­ter a three-day sur­veil­lance op­er­a­tion. “When ap­proached by Fish­eries of­fi­cers upon their re­turn, the cou­ple at­tempted to tip the rock lob­sters over­board, but were stopped in the process,” he said.

They pleaded guilty in court on Tues­day to ob­struct­ing Fish­eries of­fi­cers over the act.

The man pleaded guilty to ex­ceed­ing the bag limit on the first two days of the op­er­a­tion as well as us­ing more than the per­mit­ted two rock lob­ster pots on the first day.

The pair re­ceived spent con­vic­tions for the of­fences and were left with fines and court costs of $46,950. The court or­dered the seizure of four cray pots used in the of­fence.

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