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Night patrols net a fine
« on: January 11, 2013, 10:11:23 PM »
Night patrols net a fine
News release | 19 December, 2012 - Qld DAFF

Two recreational fishers have been fined a total of $5500 in the Ingham Magistrates Court, after a tip off was received through the 24-hour Fishwatch Hotline.

The Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) district officer Graeme Broughall said this should be a reminder to fishers that patrol officers are always on the look out for illegal fishing activities.

"Anyone fishing in Queensland waters is urged to check the fishing gear rules before heading out," he said.

"After receiving the call early in the morning, QBFP officers intercepted the recreational fishers, who were attempting to retrieve the illegal fishing nets at 3.45am to avoid detection.

"The nets were set in a Dugong Protection Area, were of a size only permitted by commercial fishers and contained a number of fish and mud crabs.

"Prosecuted on 29 November 2012, the fishers were charged with possession of commercial fishing apparatus and an undersized mud crab, and fined $2750 each."

Mr Broughall said the restrictions on fishing gear were important to ensure the sustainability of Queensland's waterways.

"QBFP officers regularly patrol at all hours of the day and night to ensure fishers are complying with the rules," he said.

"For recreational fishing, there are a number of nets that are permitted for use.

"In Queensland tidal waters, recreational fishers can use seine or cast nets.

"A seine net must not exceed 16 m in length, 3 m in drop and must have a mesh size no greater than 28 mm. The net must not contain a bag, pocket or similar device.

"Cast nets must be no more than 3.7 m in length and have a maximum mesh size of 28 mm.

"For freshwater fishing, scoop or dip nets and dilly nets are permitted for use.

"A recreational scoop or dip net must not exceed 1 m in any dimension and a maximum mesh size of 25 mm.

"A recreational dilly net must have a diameter of no more than 125 cm and a maximum mesh size of 25 mm.

"Breaching these laws is a serious offence and can attract an on-the-spot fine of $1100 and a maximum penalty of $33,000.

"With significant areas to patrol, authorities rely heavily on the assistance of the community to protect our fishing resources.

"Anyone who suspects or witnesses illegal fishing activities is encouraged to report it to the 24-hour Fishwatch Hotline on 1800 017 116."

For a complete list of Queensland's recreational rules and regulations, order your copy of the Queensland Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide by calling 13 25 23 or download a copy at www.fisheries.qld.gov.au



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