Illegal Sale Of Fish

The man will be charged on summons and if found guilty, faces penalties of up to $34,000 and 12 months imprisonment. had caught and sold more than 100kg of King George whiting from Port Phillip Bay, on a regular basis, between September 2016 and April 2017.

Only licensed commercial fishers can sell their catch. Fish caught by recreational anglers must not be sold, bartered or exchanged. The man will be charged on summons and if found guilty, faces penalties of up to $34,000 and 12 months imprisonment. Convicted offenders can also face prohibition orders that prevent them from fishing entirely for a period of time and confiscation orders. The seizure follows Operation Cord before Easter when 27 officers and investigators inspected 50 retail outlets (fish and chip shops and fish processors) across Geelong and Victoria’s southwest.

The Operation aimed to ensure seafood outlets were sourcing their product legally and buying from legitimate sources. The illegal sale of recreationally caught fish jeopardises the sustainable management of our fisheries and undermines legitimate commercial fishing operators. Report fisheries offences to 13FISH (133474) anytime.

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