Fisheries Officers recently identified two males fishing within the wreck reserve from a small fibreglass vessel. The vessel was inspected at Terrigal Haven boat ramp a short time later, as a result of the inspection the males were each issued with a $500 penalty infringement notice. expensive infringement
The two men elected to have the penalty infringement notices heard at court and the matter proceeded at Gosford Local Court on Wednesday 6th April 2022. Both males were convicted, fined for the offences and ordered to pay professional costs. The pair were ordered to pay a combined total of $4750. expensive infringement
Fisheries Officers remind fishers to check the local rules and regulations before heading out for a day on the water.
Fisheries compliance is a key element in maintaining sustainable fisheries. Fisheries resources and fish habitats are highly valued by the community in Queensland, so it’s important they are managed sustainably for the future.
DAF administers the Fisheries Act 1994, which governs the use of Queensland’s fisheries resources and protection of fisheries habitats, and sets out the department’s responsibilities for the ecologically sustainable development of our fisheries. expensive infringement
They develop and apply principles and procedures to ensure that fisheries legislation is enforced in a manner that is fair, transparent, consistent and achieves an optimal level of compliance.
The primary means of achieving compliance is through community support for laws. In Queensland, this is encouraged and facilitated by good working relationships with the fishing industry and the wider community and by applying principles of ‘good regulation’.
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