Commercial fisher fined $12 000

A North Queensland commercial fisher was recently fined $12 000 after being found guilty of four complaints comprising of 19 charges under the Fisheries Act 1994.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol found the fisher in possession of 12 undersized male mud crabs, a female mud crab and 28 mud crab claws. Officers also detected the fisher interfered with a crab pot not owned by him and found that he had failed to complete his Queensland East Coast Net and Crab logbook.

Penalties for crabbing-related offences include on-the-spot fines which range from $252 for undersized crabs and excess possession limits to $1261 for interfering with crabbing apparatus, whilst on the spot penalty for failing to comply with an information requirement is $504.

If you suspect illegal fishing (seen in person or online), report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. Do not engage with the person, as this can compromise an investigation. For more information on Queensland’s fishing regulations call 13 25 23 or visit fisheries.qld.gov.au.

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