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The hand of a fisher holding a rock lobster

Illegally selling fish for commercial gain not only jeopardises the livelihoods of commercial fishers but also threatens the sustainability of the fishery.

Tuesday 5 September 2017

Black market rock lobster operations shut down

A fisher has been fined over $94,000, forfeited fishing equipment and banned from being on any vessel fishing for rock lobster for two years, after being convicted of illegally trading in recreationally-caught rock lobster.

An investigation revealed the fisher had illegally sold nearly 350 recreationally-caught rock lobster between November 2015 and March 2016, over the course of 20 separate transactions.

Individuals who sell their catch illegally risk receiving large fines and having boats, vehicles and gear seized. Seafood trafficking offences can also potentially result in a four-year jail sentence.

In a separate case, a search warrant executed at a Hamilton Hill property following a surveillance operation led to the seizure of 24 rock lobster tails and other items.

Anyone who has information on illegal fishing activities, including the black market sale of seafood, is asked to call FishWatch on 1800 815 507.

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