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Ensure any charter fishing operator you book is appropriately licensed.

Wednesday 29 August 2018

$4,000 fine for unlicensed fishing tour operator

A boat owner has been fined more than $4,000 for conducting a fishing tour from his recreational vessel without having the appropriate licence.

He was observed fishing from a recreational vessel with other people in May and June of 2017.

When the vessel was inspected by Fisheries officers in King Sound, the passenger stated that he had paid for a barramundi charter.

The following month, Fisheries officers observed the same boat owner and two other people fishing from a boat at the Fitzroy River. When the vessel was inspected, one of the passengers told the officers they had each paid $250 for a fishing tour.   

It is an offence for a person to use a boat to conduct a fishing tour for a commercial purpose, while not authorised under a Fish Tour Operators Licence or a Restricted Fish Tour Operators Licence.

Fishers should ensure any charter they are booking is with a licensed operator.   

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