Fish­ers pay big price

Wanneroo Weekender - - News -

A MAN told Joon­dalup Mag­is­trates Court he took un­der­size and pro­tected fish be­cause he didn’t know what species they were and did not know the rules in WA.

Hoat Duy Le pleaded guilty on Oc­to­ber 6 to tak­ing 18 un­der­size fish, in­clud­ing eight pink snap­per, eight sil­ver bream and two skippy, while fish­ing in waters off the coast of Perth’s north­ern sub­urbs.

Fish­eries of­fi­cers found the man with his catch about 8.15pm on June 11.

Speak­ing through an in­ter­preter, Le told Mag­is­trate Michelle Pon­tifex he didn’t know the name of the fish and was not aware of re­stric­tions on which ones he could take.

The av­er­age size of the pink snap­per he took was 171mm, the sil­ver bream 199mm and skippy 224mm. Pink snap­per has a min­i­mum size of 500mm, sil­ver bream 250mm and skippy 250mm.

Ms Pon­tifex took into ac­count he pleaded guilty at the first op­por­tu­nity but crit­i­cised his be­hav­iour.

“At least two of the types of fish were sig­nif­i­cantly un­der­sized,” she said.

The mag­is­trate fined him $800 plus a manda­tory fine of more than $2000.

Colin Tran, who did not ap­pear in court, was also fined $800 plus the manda­tory penalty for tak­ing three un­der­size WA dhu­fish with an av­er­age size of 477mm.

The min­i­mum size for dhu­fish is 500mm with a bag limit of one.

The Fish­eries pros­e­cu­tor said the man made no com­ment when picked up by of­fi­cers about 4.45pm on June 10 at Min­darie Ma­rina.

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