Possessing Excess Shellfish

Two men convicted for illegal collecting in Sydney Harbour

Two men aged 29 and 35, from Hoxton Park, in western Sydney, appeared in Burwood District Court recently for possessing excess shellfish. The men had been found in joint possession of 1844 cockles, 1328 oysters, 8 tapestry shells and 4 snails at Iron Cove on the Parramatta River, inner-west of Sydney.

Both men plead guilty, were convicted and fined $1500 each and ordered to pay $1160 each in legal costs. The illegal fishing activity cost the men a total of $5320. Neither man had any previous history of fisheries offences.

Sydney Harbour is closed to the taking of all shellfish. Anyone wishing to collect invertebrates is reminded that they must ensure that they are hand gathering in an area that is open to collecting, pay the recreational fishing fee (unless exempt) and adhere to strict bag and size limits.

For more advice on recreational fishing in Sydney harbour and the dioxin contamination go to www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/…/fishing-skil…/fishing-in-sydney-harbour

For more information on collecting invertebrates across Sydney go to www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/…/m…/collecting-animals-and-plants-sydney

For more information on bag and size limits go to www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/…/fishing-…/saltwater-bag-and-size-limits or download the free FishSmart NSW app on Google Play at http://bit.ly/2hO7jLZ or on the iTunes App Store at https://appsto.re/au/FY3gbb.i

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