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Toowoomba fishos cop $6000 fine.

Post by Big_unit » Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:36 pm

Fishing haul attracts $6000 fine.

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Three Toowoomba recreational fishers have been fined $2000 each by the Maroochydore Magistrates Court for four separate fisheries offences.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) District Officer at Mooloolaba Rick Exten said this case highlighted the need for fishers to know the rules.

"We hope this has still taught them a critical lesson about the importance of knowing Queensland’s recreational fishing rules and regulations, specifically relating to bag and size limits," Mr Exten said.

"The group had spent the day fishing at Barwon Banks, off Mooloolaba catching a total of 117 fish, ranging from collard sea bream and tuskfish to red throat emperor species.

"During the QBFP inspection the group were found to be in possession of:

■undersize fish including three pearl perch, one coral cod and 63 red throat emperor
■28 collard sea bream and 39 red throat emperor in excess of the individual possession limits
■53 coral reef fin fish in excess of the 20 per person possession limit
■113 coral reef fin fish without the pectoral fin removed - a requirement to distinguish fish caught recreationally from those commercially caught to prevent blackmarket selling.
"It was clear from the defendants’ admissions that they did not take sufficient care in educating themselves about bag and size limits - in fact they were not even aware of the species of fish they were catching."

Mr Exten said this case should be a timely reminder to all fishers about the importance of knowing the rules.

"Our fish stocks are an important resource and rules are in place to protect our fisheries for future generations to enjoy.

"Species such as coral reef fin fish are a very valuable and highly sought after resource and rules are in place to protect the sustainability of this stock."

For up-to-date fishing rules and regulations for Queensland contact Fisheries Queensland on 13 25 23 or download a copy at

http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au

Media contact: Jayne Scott, 07 3224 8799

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