FISHERIES Queensland has fined three people thousands of dollars for illegal netting after fisheries officers seized a net measuring almost 130 metres at Nudgee earlier this month.
Queensland Boating & Fisheries Patrol District Manager Brett Depper said a tip off to the Fishwatch hotline number 1800 017 116 led to the seizure. “We rely on the community reporting suspected illegal activities through the Fishwatch hotline and this was a good outcome,” he said. “Initial information provided through Fishwatch led us to undertake further monitoring of the area, resulting in the detection and seizure of a further three nets. Three recreational fishers were issued with Fisheries Infringement Notices for using an unauthorised fishing apparatus and taking undersized fish, with fines totalling almost $5,000.”
Mr Depper said patrols would continue to monitor the area, particularly with the mullet season approaching. “The majority of fishers do the right but I am urging people to make sure they understand the types and sizes of fishing apparatus they can possess and use,” he said.
To find out more on Queensland’s fishing rules and regulations visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ smartphone app, or call 13 25 23.
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