Bundaberg crab bust – fisher fined $13,300

A BUNDABERG fisher has been fined $13,300 for a number of crabbing offences including using too many pots. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Greg Bowness said the fine handed down by the Bundaberg Magistrates Court was for possessing female and undersized mud crabs and using excess crab pots.

“QBFP approached the crabber at a boat ramp in the Gregory River near Woodgate after seeing a quantity of crab pots stacked near his vessel,” Mr Bowness said.

Bundaberg-crab-bust-2
“The crabber had a total of nine pots in his possession and on closer inspection, they were found to contain 40 female mud crabs and seven undersized mud crabs. “Officers seized the excess crab pots and returned the crabs to the water alive.”

Mr Bowness said regulated product must be immediately sorted and released at the point of capture and should not be moved or taken back to the ramp for sorting. “In determining the fine, the Magistrate issued a penalty of $150 per undersize crab, $250 per female crab and $250 for each excess pot,” he said.

“The fine demonstrates the seriousness of the offences, which pose a threat to the local mud crab breeding population. “Fishing rules for gear and possession limits are in place for both commercial and recreational fishers to protect our fisheries resources.

“It’s important that everyone abides by the rules to assist long-term sustainability and resource sharing.”
If you suspect illegal fishing, please report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116 so it can be investigated.

For more information on Queensland fishing rules, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free Qld Fishing app from Apple and Google app stores. You can follow Fisheries Queensland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@FisheriesQld).

Photos courtesy of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

It's only fair to share...Share on Facebook
Facebook
Tweet about this on Twitter
Twitter
Print this page
Print
Email this to someone
email

About Bush 'n Beach Fishing mag

Check Also

okuma komodo baitcast rods

Okuma Komodo baitcast rods

THE Okuma Komodo SS baitcast reel has a reputation for strength, reliability, stopping power and …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *