A commercial fisher has been fined $15,000 in the Caboolture Magistrates Court. He had repeatedly failed to allow Fisheries officers to inspect his vehicle and boat, did not maintain logbooks properly and had non-compliant nets.
The offences took place on a number of occasions over 6 months. In one instance, the fisher motored away from QBFP officers on the Caboolture River and threw a number of fish overboard to avoid inspection.
While no conviction was recorded, he was fined $15,000 plus costs, and his nets seized.
QBFP first became aware of the fisher’s activities based on information provided via the toll-free 24-hour Fishwatch 1800 017 116 Hotline.
For information on Queensland’s fishing regulations, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing 2.0’ app from Apple and Google app stores.