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Townsville fisher fined $7000 for illegal fishing
« on: September 29, 2015, 10:29:55 PM »
Townsville fisher fined $7000 for illegal fishing
News release | 23-Sep-2015 - DAF Qld

A recreational fisher was fined $7000 for multiple fishery offences in Townsville Magistrates Court last week.

The man was charged for using mesh and cast nets in freshwaters, possession of excess and undersized barramundi and possession of tilapia.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) district manager Robert Ibell said the fine demonstrated the seriousness of the offences and should serve as a warning to other fishers to do the right thing.

"QBFP responded to a call from Queensland Police who had intercepted a fisher at the Haughton River," Mr Ibell said.

"The fisher was in possession of ten barramundi of which four were undersized. His esky also contained two tilapia.

"While no nets were located, the barramundi and tilapia displayed signs around the gills consistent with being netted.

"All nets (except landing nets, scoop or dip nets, and dilly nets) are illegal to use in Queensland fresh waters.

"Barramundi has a minimum size limit of 58 cm and a maximum size limit of 120 cm. They have a possession limit of 5.

"Tilapia are a declared noxious fish and must be humanely killed and buried away from the water if caught. They cannot be kept, eaten or used as bait.

"It is important fishers take the time to familiarise themselves with the rules that apply to the area they are fishing. All fishers have a responsibility to ensure they are fishing within the law."

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. All information provided to the hotline will be prioritised based on potential fishery risks, accuracy and reliability with an appropriate response formulated.
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