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In WA, recreationally caught rock lobster and other seafood cannot be stored at commercial premises that deal with seafood.

Thursday 25 January 2018

Fish caught recreationally must not be stored at commercial premises

​A restaurant owner was fined nearly $11,000 in court after Fisheries and Marine Officers seized a quantity of recreationally-caught rock lobsters and tailor from the former Aristos Waterfront Rottnest eatery.

In WA, it is illegal to store recreationally caught fish on commercial premises that deal with seafood.

While Fisheries officers were conducting surveillance, leading up to the inspection of the restaurant, they observed the restaurant owner transferring recreationally-caught rock lobster to the commercial dining premises.

The owner pleaded guilty to a range of fishing offences including pulling too many recreational lobster pots and failing to tail clip or tail punch the rock lobster within the allowed time. Recreationally caught rock lobster must be tail clipped to distinguish them from commercially caught lobster.

The magistrate suspended the man from holding a recreational rock lobster fishing licence for six months and ordered forfeiture of seven seized rock lobster pots.

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


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