Spearfish­ing man pays heavy price

Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

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.

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