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Fisheries Officers found the illegal set net along with more than 100 fish that were caught in Beaufort Inlet, near Bremer Bay.

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Big fines for illegal netting

Two men have walked out of an Albany court after receiving fines in excess of $5,500 for netting offences at the Beaufort Inlet, near Bremer Bay, east of Albany.

Offences included taking fish by means of a fishing net in closed waters without a licence and netting during prohibited times. The nets being used were also without identification numbers on the floats and had a smaller mesh than the prescribed legal size.

Nets used in Beaufort Inlet must have a minimum mesh size of 76 mm, and the seized net had a mesh size of 62 mm. Net fishers must remain in attendance of fishing nets and must abide by the prescribed netting times.

Fisheries Officers found both men had set the net in the waters of the Beaufort Inlet and left it unattended overnight, returning to retrieve the net the following morning.

Further investigation found an icebox nearby containing 55 herring, 12 tailor, 7 mullet, 2 black bream, 29 salmon and 2 blue swimmer crabs.

Neither of the men had a current recreational net fishing licence at the time of the offence.

The set net and fish were forfeited, and the magistrate issued each of the men general penalties totalling $800, along with a mandatory additional penalty of $1,800 and costs of $190.

For more information see our recreational fishing rules or download our recreational net fishing guide.

Anyone who has information on illegal fishing activities is asked to call FishWatch on 1800 815 507. 

Last modified: 13/06/2018 3:29 PM

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