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​A bream entangled in the illegal net seized by Fisheries and Marine Officers.

Monday 27 November 2017

Caught in the act

A tip-off from an alert resident led to the successful conviction of a fisher using an illegal gillnet.

The witness spotted the fisher lifting a set gillnet out of the water on the Canning River at Rossmoyne, and called FishWatch. 

The man fled the scene, leaving behind a trail of evidence including the set gillnet containing 27 black bream, one tarwhine, one mullet and one blue swimmer crab, along with items of clothing and a wallet containing his ID.

The fish were released back into the water.

A search warrant was executed at the man’s residence which located two plastic bags and an esky containing the dried remains of 99 black bream along with a hand-held throw net.

It is an offence for a person to take, or attempt to take, fish by means of a set gillnet, haul net or throw net in the waters of the Canning River.

The fisherman had no prior convictions and was fined $5,635 plus costs.

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

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