Fishers pay big price
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.