Two women allegedly caught in possession of thousands of oysters illegally retrieved from waters in Georges River Sydney are facing numerous prosecution charges arising from the apprehension.
During a patrol in June this year NSW DPI Fisheries Officers observed two people behaving in a manner consistent with intertidal invertebrate collection on the Georges River, which along with many other waterways in the Sydney region are closed to the taking of ‘shellfish’ due to historical industrial pollutants in these areas and to preserve fish stocks.
The two women from Hurstville were apprehended and allegedly found in joint possession of 2121 oysters – more than 21 times the bag limit of 50 oysters per person.
Full details of fisheries closures in the Botany Bay/Georges River area can be found in the Sydney South Recreational Fishing Guide: http://tiny.cc/k1ttsz
Report illegal fishing via the Fishers Watch phone line on 1800 043 536 or online at: http://tiny.cc/c7nmsz