“QBFP approached the crabber at a boat ramp in the Gregory River near Woodgate after seeing a quantity of crab pots stacked near his vessel,” Mr Bowness said.
Mr Bowness said regulated product must be immediately sorted and released at the point of capture and should not be moved or taken back to the ramp for sorting. “In determining the fine, the Magistrate issued a penalty of $150 per undersize crab, $250 per female crab and $250 for each excess pot,” he said.
“The fine demonstrates the seriousness of the offences, which pose a threat to the local mud crab breeding population. “Fishing rules for gear and possession limits are in place for both commercial and recreational fishers to protect our fisheries resources.
“It’s important that everyone abides by the rules to assist long-term sustainability and resource sharing.”
If you suspect illegal fishing, please report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116 so it can be investigated.
For more information on Queensland fishing rules, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free Qld Fishing app from Apple and Google app stores. You can follow Fisheries Queensland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@FisheriesQld).
Photos courtesy of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.