A fisher has been fined $7,500 in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to going well over the Spanish mackerel catch limit on two occasions.
The limit for recreational fishers is three per person, and the offender was found on two separate occasions with 14 and 13 excess fish.
The Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol uses a range of resources and techniques in detecting such offending, including checking market distribution points to monitor compliance for important species under a quota.
Check the rules before going fishing here: https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/…/recreational-fishing-rules and download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from Apple and Google app stores.
Know your limits