QBFP officers responding to a Fishwatch complaint located this unmarked and unattended net at the mouth of the Caboolture River recently.
The net was 111m long with 100mm sized mesh.
The net contained a variety of species, including mud crabs, sea mullet, dusky flathead, ponyfish and catfish. Officers were able to release the live fish and mud crabs on site.
Among the meshed fish was a large white spotted guitarfish, which was retained and passed onto scientists at USC: University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia for future research.
Thank you to members of the public who continually assist us by reporting illegal fishing.
If you have any information regarding this incident, or other illegal fishing activity, you can call the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116 or use the online form: https://daf.engagementhub.com.au/fishwatch