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Wednesday 21 October 2020

Court nets penalty for breach of commercial fishing management plan

A recent court case has served as a reminder of the importance of complying with commercial fishing management plans.

A southern gillnet fisher has been fined $11,694 and had his commercial fishing licence suspended for one month, for breaching a commercial fishing management plan by knowingly using a fishing net length in excess of what had been nominated.

In late November 2017, compliance officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development inspected a commercial fishing vessel in the Recherche Archipelago, off the coast of Esperance.

The compliance officers measured the fishing net and found it to be 450 metres longer than what had been nominated for the vessel’s fishing trip.


DPIRD compliance officers measured the net used at 4,650 metres

The penalties handed down in Esperance Court also included court costs and the forfeiture of the excess net.

A mandatory penalty was applied to the calculated catch from the excess net which included predominantly shark, along with groper, Queen snapper, boarfish and red snapper.

Department regional compliance manager Russell Adams said the Southern Demersal Gillnet Demersal Longline Fishery’s management plan was in place to support sustainable fishing.

“Management plans in WA’s fisheries play a vital role in ensuring that fishing is managed in a sustainable way and that our fish resources are protected for future generations, and compliance with these plans is vital,” Mr Adams said.

Suspected illegal fishing activity can be reported to FishWatch on 1800 815 507.

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