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Plastic container loaded with blue swimmer crabs

Roadside checks lead to discovery of undersized crabs, resulting in heavy fines.

Tuesday 27 June 2017

Court fine for illegal crab haul

​The discovery of 42 undersize blue swimmer crabs during a roadside checkpoint operation near Mandurah cost a Girrawheen man $2,788 last week.

The court was told that only four of the crabs found in a container in the vehicle’s boot were of legal size. Two measuring gauges were also in the container with the crabs.

Our December roadside operation that checked approximately 1,000 vehicles involved Fisheries officers from Mandurah, Rockingham and Fremantle, plus Peel Water Police and officers from Rockingham Police.

Six people faced court on matters arising from this temporary roadside checkpoint, in which more than 50 people from more than 30 vehicles were found to have committed fishing offences.

29 formal warnings were issued, 20 infringement fines – ranging for $200 to $1,000 – were also issued and the six people prosecuted in court were ordered by magistrates to pay fines, penalties and costs varying between $1,488 and $3,388.

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

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