Spearfishing man pays heavy price
A MAN has been fined for giving a false name to Fisheries officers while spearfishing in a protected area.
Benjamin John Scarlett was convicted in his absence at Rockingham Magistrates Court on May 7 for possession of fishing gear on land adjacent to waters where use of that gear is prohibited and failing to supply a Fisheries officer with information.
The prosecutor said it was 9.30am on Sunday, December 10, when Scarlett came out of the water at Shoalwater Bay and was approached by Fisheries officers.
They inspected his gear and asked for his name to which Scarlett gave false details.
Magistrate Vivian Edwards fined Scarlett $1500.