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Fines for illegal nets in hinterland Sweetwater
« on: August 13, 2014, 02:13:59 PM »
Donít get in a tangle using illegal nets
DAFF Qld - News release | 05-Aug-2014

Nine people were found to be using illegal gill nets and cast nets throughout waterways in the Gold Coast hinterland recently prompting calls for fishers to refresh their knowledge of Queensland's freshwater fishing rules.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officer David Kahler said there had been an increase in the number of fishers using mesh nets in local freshwater fishing spots.

"While most specified recreational nets can be used in tidal waters, fishers should be aware that mesh nets are not allowed to be used in freshwaters," Mr Kahler said.

"Landing nets, scoop or dip nets, and dilly nets are permitted to be used; however all other nets, including cast and seine (bait) nets are illegal.

"Since January 2014, we have confiscated 15 illegal nets and have issued a number of $1138 on-the-spot fines for using mesh and bait nets in freshwater," he said.

"All of the nets have been between 20 m and 60 m in length with a mesh size greater than 90 mm, which are also illegal to use in tidal waters.

"Many of the people said they had purchased the nets online or brought them into Queensland from overseas.

"Fishers should take care when purchasing products online to ensure they can be legally used and possessed within Queensland. Possession includes having them at a property or in a vehicle."

If you suspect illegal fishing, whether seen in person or online, report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. Don't engage the person, as this can compromise an investigation.
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