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Restaurant fined for undersized and excess fish
« on: October 20, 2015, 10:06:43 PM »
Restaurant fined for undersized and excess fish
News release | 19-Oct-2015 - DAF

A restaurant owner has been fined $3000 after fisheries officers uncovered undersized fish and a quantity of fish in excess of possession limits at a restaurant in Ayr.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) district officer Robert  Ibell said the restaurant owner pleaded guilty to possessing 5 undersize  mackerel, 11 excess barramundi, 23 shark fins, and for failing to provide  receipts for the purchase of the seafood.

"The penalty handed down by the Ayr Magistrates Court sends a  strong message to restaurant owners to operate within the law," Mr Ibell said.

"Possession of undersized fish and the possession of commercial  quantities of fish by a restaurant without prescribed records is a very serious  offence and will be dealt with before the courts.

"We received information from concerned members of the public  through our Fishwatch hotline and executed a search warrant at the restaurant."

Mr Ibell said size and possession limits are in place to provide  sustainable fish stock for all commercial and recreational fishers.

"For sharks, a maximum size limit of 1.5 m as well as  a possession limit of one shark per person applies. The exceptions are great  white sharks, grey nurse sharks, sawfish and speartooth sharks which are  no-take," he said.

"Strict rules are in place to prevent the cruel act of  shark finning and discourage any potential for black marketing.

"It's important that everyone abides by the  rules to assist long-term sustainability and resource sharing." 

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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