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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Tuesday 19 December 2017

Illegal marron fishing catches heavy fines in Collie Court

​Two men have been ordered to pay significant fines, mandatory penalties and costs totaling more than $12,200, for out of season marron fishing near Collie.

Last Wednesday (13 December) Collie man Wade Justin Fowler (aged 41) entered a plea of guilty for his two offences and 29-year-old Paul Van Den Enden from Australind, who did not appear at the Collie Court session, was found guilty of two offences in his absence.

Van Den Enden, who was the driver of a vehicle stopped by Fisheries and Marine Officers at about 11.45pm on Saturday 21 October this year, was found with 82 marron, including 18 undersize marron and a further 18 with eggs attached.

In addition to fines and penalties of $7,400 for possessing marron in a non-possession period, Van Den Enden received a further $500 for giving a false name or address and $190.85 costs.

Fowler, who was apprehended separately on 21 October, was ordered to pay a fine and penalty totaling $2292.80 for possessing 41 marron (in a non-possession period), $1650 for 23 marron that were either undersize or had eggs attached and costs of $190.85

Both men were detected illegally fishing for marron, as part of Operation Kerinci that has been running throughout Western Australia’s Southern Region.

The first six weeks of the operation netted nine people for possessing marron out of season and a further two warnings, seven people for possessing undersize or spawning marron, 11 people for having illegal fishing gear and one person who gave a false name and address.

Compliance Manager South, for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Richard Petty said Operation Kerinci was set up to deal with the risk to the marron fishery from people who fish out season.

“The season is limited (from Noon on 8 January to Noon on 5 February) because wild stocks of marron are limited and any out of season fishing therefore compromises the sustainability of this unique WA fishery,” Mr Petty said. 

Call FishWatch on 1800 815 507 to report any suspected illegal fishing activity. Information on rules and limits is available in the Marron: Recreational fishing guide, which can be viewed or downloaded at

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