QUEENSLAND Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers found a 30 metre long commercial fishing net under the floor of a recreational fishing boat they intercepted at Cabbage Tree Point boat ramp south of Brisbane. Two undersized Moses snapper and 11 unmarked crab pots were also found on board.
12 infringement notices with fines of $1,948 were issued to the fishers involved. The vessel’s owner and master was fined $1,219 for possessing an illegal sized net for recreational fishing, $243 for one undersized fish and $243 for the unmarked crab pots.
Edited to add: the Moses snapper pictured is a legal size fish. The minimum size limit for this species is 25 cm. https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/…/tropical-snapper…/moses-snapper
For information on the legal nets to use for recreational fishing in Queensland, http://bit.ly/1IwXhUL