Setlines Being Used to take Murray Cod

In late 2015, timely calls to the 13FISH offence reporting number resulted in 3 males being detected using setlines at Kirwans Bridge Nagambie, to take the priority species Murray cod.

Other offences detected included: using more than 2 (9) lines in inland waters; fishing without recreational fishing licences and taking 2 undersize Murray cod, including one at 34cm which had been cut up and hidden in the rubbish bin.

These matters were heard recently at the Seymour Magistrates Court with the following penalties:

240 hours community service over 24 months, plus a fine of $1,500 plus costs, and banned from using or possessing fishing equipment for 5 years.

A second individual was fined $3,500 plus costs, and was banned from using or possessing fishing equipment for 5 years.

A third man was sentenced to a $1,500 fine and was banned from using or possessing fishing equipment for 1 year.

These court outcomes send a strong message that the use of commercial fishing equipment to illegally target the iconic Murray cod is a serious offence with significant consequences.

Members of the public who witness fisheries offending are encouraged to ring the 13FISH (13 3474) offence reporting number.


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