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A line of fish traps laid out on a grassy verge

Our Fisheries and Marine officers found illegal fish traps in the Fitzroy River. The use of fish traps is widely banned in WA, due to the potential impacts on aquatic life.

Friday 17 November 2017

Caught in a trap

A Broome magistrate has fined a recreational fisher almost $1,500 for illegally using fish traps to catch cherabin at Willems Pool in the Fitzroy River.

Cherabin are a small freshwater crayfish found in the Kimberley.

The Broome Court was told that Fisheries officers located six traps, all baited with dog biscuits. The offender admitted that four of the traps were his and that he had caught 34 cherabin in the traps over three separate occasions.

The conviction sends out a clear reminder to recreational fishers in the Kimberley that the use of fish traps is illegal.

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

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